Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)


A United States copyright law enacted in 1998 that addresses the rights and obligations of copyright owners and internet service providers (ISPs) in the digital age.The DMCA criminalizes the production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works. One of the key aspects of the DMCA is its "safe harbor" provision for ISPs. It protects them from liability for copyright infringement by their users, provided they comply with specific requirements, such as promptly removing infringing content when notified by the copyright owner.

Why it matters

The DMCA helps protect intellectual property rights in the digital realm, provides legal frameworks for ISPs to operate within, and aims to balance the various competing interests in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.