An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist has followed up a recent
release of internal government talking points on copyright with the full, internal clause-by-clause analysis of Bill C-32. A new copyright bill is
expected as soon as this week and the government document confirms there is no defense to violations of the digital lock rules, noting 'a contravention of this prohibition is not an infringement of copyright and the defenses to
infringement of copyright are not defenses to these prohibitions.' The government's own words on the digital lock provisions confirm that they may be unconstitutional since they fall outside the boundaries of copyright."
Basically, if you break DRM even without violating copyright in the process
you can still be held liable, and from this any defense based on copyright law (fair use, etc.) is not valid in such cases. On the flipside, several legal experts think that makes those provisions of the law less likely to stand up in court.