The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 is an amendment to U.S. copyright law that attempts to address copyright issues related the new and emerging technologies of the Digital Age (i.e., the Internet) that were not represented in previous legislation. The DMCA brings U.S. copyright law into compliance with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances Phonograms Treaty. Additionally, the DMCA:
Section 1201 of the U.S. copyright law enables the Librarian of Congress to review the general prohibition against prohibition against circumvention of technological measures protecting copyrighted works and determine if some classes of material should be exempted from this rule. Rulemakings of these exemptions are released every three years.
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