Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted in 1998 to update the previous copyright legislation to be more inclusive of digital media as well as the impact of digital mediums. There are key components to the legislation that include the protections put in place for internet service providers, putting the responsibility and accountability on the end of the person violating the terms of the copyright. Another key component are the provisions that allow for the “fair use” of copyrighted material. The following are the three categories for the fair use of copyrighted material as listed in the law:

  • they are primarily designed or produced to circumvent;
  • they have only limited commercially significant purpose or use other than to circumvent; or
  • they are marketed for use in circumventing.
For more information, visit Educause’s page on the DMCA.

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