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Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Learn about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provisions and the mechanisms it creates for protection of copyrights in the digital age.


The boom of digital media in the early nineties created new concerns for copyright owners.  In response to these concerns, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or the D-M-C-A, for short.  The DMCA included new laws against the circumvention of anti-piracy software and hardware. It also set up safe harbors for online service providers that host potentially infringing media, limiting the provider’s liability for its users copyright infringement, so long as a specific...

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