~Copyright Act of 1996~

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1996 implemented two things from the treaties of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). What this did was two things- 1.) criminalized production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works. 2.) Criminalize the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not their is actual infringement of copyright itself.

Also after the pass of this copyright act heightened the penalty for copyright infringement on the Internet. Looking at the date the copyright was passed during 1996, the internet was really emerging along with technology. Cell phones were on the horizon, T.V was getting more and more popular in households,  and Internet spreading through the use of laptops and computers in homes.

In addition to this copyright act, there was several amendments added to the act including: Online Copyright infringement liability limitation act, Computer Maintenance Competition Assurance Act, and several miscellaneous additions.

This created major change within copyright on the grand scheme of copyright. Copyright compliance with the World Intellectual Property Organizations strengthened the legal protection of intellectual property rights in the emergence of new information communication technologies aka the internet. This was a new age of posting things online and the emergence of electronic theft. This act made it relevant that online users were no longer able to plead innocent and that they didn’t know, everyone is subjective to legal consequences.

-Alyson Chase !

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  1. As the technological times are moving, so was and is the Copyright Act. It is interesting to read how the copyright act also changed in 1996, when the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation act, Computer Maintenance Competition Assurance Act, and other additions were added to the Copyright Act. The Act of 1996 is definitely different than the Act first initiated in the early 1980s and 1970s.

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