Today in Legal History: Digital Millennium Copyright Act Signed into Law
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) incorporated two major World Intellectual Property Organization treaties into American law on Oct. 28, 1998. The DMCA criminalized circumvention of copyright protection/anti-piracy measures built into software and distribution or sale of code-breaking devices; however, it allowed circumvention in specific circumstances (e.g. encryption research). The DMCA also addressed liability for Internet Service Providers and non-profit educational institutions.
Additional information is available at:
- Summary of the DCMA from the Copyright Office
- Christopher Wolf, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act : Text, History, and Caselaw, 2003 (Library 4th Floor- KF2994.D54 2003)