Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Definition - What does Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) mean?

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a law that is recognized internationally and that brought about the recognition of inherent liabilities within copyright and trademark protection over the Internet by competitors. The law also acts to limit any third-party liability toward any misactions that take place on a website that is being linked to by innocent parties. This is basically a third-party limitation.

The DMCA is recognized in every country and applies to the entire World Wide Web. Every website running online is subject to the terms of the act. Old copyright and trademark laws were brought under the umbrella of the DMCA. This act is the primary international law regarding Internet privacy and legal liability, as well as copyright and trademark.

Justipedia explains Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it illegal for a person to use any information illegally gained from a website for a malicious or illegal purpose. The act is very lengthy and has many facets to it. It covers every aspect of digital crimes at a basic level. In short, the DMCA makes it illegal to take information for an unauthorized purpose.

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