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ERIC Number: ED509862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
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Unintended Consequences: Twelve Years under the DMCA
Von Lohmann, Fred
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Since they were enacted in 1998, the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), codified in section 1201 of the Copyright Act, have not been used as Congress envisioned. Congress meant to stop copyright infringers from defeating anti-piracy protections added to copyrighted works and to ban the "black box" devices intended for that purpose. In practice, the anti-circumvention provisions have been used to stifle a wide array of legitimate activities, rather than to stop copyright infringement. This document collects reported cases where the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA have been invoked not against pirates, but against consumers, scientists, and legitimate competitors. (Contains 89 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998