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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology was locked out of his Twitter account for an hour allegedly over a notice received for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

  • It is a 1998 law passed in the US.
  • It is among the world’s first laws recognising intellectual property on the internet.
  • It oversees the implementation of the two treaties signed and agreed upon by member nations of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 1996.
  • The two treaties are the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.
  • It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works.
  • Significance of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
    • The treaties require member nations to provide in their respective jurisdictions, protection to intellectual property that may have been created by citizens of different nations who are also co-signatories to the treaty.
    • The protection, accorded by each member state, must not be any less in any way than the one being given to a domestic copyright holder.
    • It obligates that signatories to the treaty ensure ways to prevent circumvention of the technical measures used to protect copyrighted work.
    • It also provides the necessary international legal protection to digital content.
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