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:
The Librarian of Congress can issue exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA which prohibits the circumvention of access-control technology. Exemptions are made when it is believed that the anti-circumvention of access-control technology adversely effect the user's ability to use copyrighted works in non-infringing ways. Exemptions are released every three years.
The information presented in this guide is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, please contact the DCCCD General Counsel.