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About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
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Written by Hilary D.
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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a comprehensive U.S. copyright law enacted in 1998 to address challenges posed by the digital age. It comprises key provisions such as anti-circumvention measures, which prohibit the bypassing of technological protection mechanisms. The DMCA also establishes a safe harbor framework, shielding online service providers (OSPs) from direct copyright infringement liability for user actions, provided they adhere to certain conditions, including implementing a notice and takedown system. The law facilitates the removal of infringing content through a formalized process involving notice and counter-notification. Additionally, it allows copyright owners to seek information about alleged infringers from internet service providers (ISPs). The DMCA seeks to strike a balance between protecting intellectual property rights and fostering digital innovation, influencing similar frameworks internationally.

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