January 12, 2003

Unintended Consequences: Four Years under the DMCA

Since they were enacted in 1998, the âanti-circumventionâ provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (âDMCAâ), codified in section 1201 of the Copyright Act, have not been used as Congress envisioned. Congress meant to stop copyright pirates from defeating anti-piracy protections added to copyrighted works, and to ban âblack boxâ 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 piracy.

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