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A Decade of DMCA

Posted in copyright, fair use, il/legal, policy, tech by A on 28 October 08

Public Knowledge has a week long series of blog posts and video interviews to commemorate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which was enacted 10 years ago this week.

Yesterday, Rashmi Rangnath wrote:

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – a law that content owners claimed was absolutely necessary if they were to make content available in digital form. At the time the legislation was being considered, opponents including libraries, museums, and representatives of the consumer electronics industry warned that the legislation would jeopardize fair use and other lawful uses. Today, many of these fears have been realized. What is more, the DMCA has been used in ways lawmakers never intended. However, the law’s effectiveness in preventing “piracy” still remains questionable.

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