<

Is your question affected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?

Published on
13,231 Points
10,031 Views
2 Endorsements
Last Modified:
First of all what is the DMCA? The DMCA is a set of laws first enacted in 1998. The Act was modified on 2000, and again on 2001, 2004, and 2007. Its goal was to update the Copyright act of 1973 for the digital age.

In a world with MP3 playing capabilities in everything, portable media devices that play all types of movies and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies there was a gap in the law. Copyright holders were unable to hold their copyrights to the same standards and thus unable to receive compensation for their work.

Why should you care? Just more fat cats getting fatter right? Well this misconception is part of the problem. The money that is paid for a DVD or a CD doesn't just go to the DVD producer, the actors, or the recording artists. This money goes to the stagehands, the microphone operators, the mixing board handlers, the sound technicians, even the janitors. So in effect, every DVD that is ripped and stolen is killing the livelihood of hundreds of people.

Again why should you care? Experts Exchange is based in California. This means that though a majority of its operations happen in the no-man's-land of the internet, means it is still bound by California, and United States law.
The DMCA is a part of US law, and regardless of your like or dislike of the law, the MPAA, RIAA, or the money hungry artists, actors, etc, by accepting membership on this website you are agreeing to abide by those laws.

If your question is questionable, you will be asked to provide further information (like if the work is copyrighted). This question is not an accusation or a threat, it is only meant to treat everyone the same. In an effort to curb the overflow of reckless disregard for the law I have taken it upon myself to champion the cause.

You may ask what gives me the right to do that? As a citizen of the US, as a Member of this site, and various other reasons, it is my DUTY to uphold the law. Just as someone witnessing a murder should report that, I am doing the site a favor.

For further information on this subject please refer to  following links:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi27 (section 3.4(J))
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi119
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMCA
2
Comment
Author:KrazyRhino
  • 3
5 Comments
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:lherrou
An important part of the DMCA are the anti-circumvention provisions. In general terms, these provide that attempting to circumvent mechanisms used to copy-protect material is also illegal, with only a few exemptions (primary for archival purposes). Within that rubric, the DMCA also prohibits promoting or distributing programs that are designed to circumvent copy protection or access protection.

In the framework of Experts Exchange falling under U.S. Law, this means that we, as Experts, cannot assist you in circumventing copy protection or access protection, nor can we point you to tools, should such exist, which would assist you in doing so.
0
 
LVL 9

Author Comment

by:KrazyRhino
http://www.pcworld.com/article/119549/dvd_ripping_flourishes.html

I would cut and paste the article but I think there is some law against that too.
0
 
LVL 9

Author Comment

by:KrazyRhino
This is an added piece of information about this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use#Common_misunderstandings

This is about the common practice of claiming "fair use" that many copyright violators use. This portion of the article is "debunking" common misunderstandings about "fair use".
0
 
LVL 9

Author Comment

by:KrazyRhino
To add yet again. Here are some links to who movie piracy hurts.

Economies
http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_Economies.asp
Entertainment Industry
http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_EntInd.asp
Consumers
http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_Consumers.asp

And as to laws... Yes your country is affected by copyright laws...
International Law
http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_IntLaw.asp
US Federal Law
http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_FederalLaw.asp

Legal alternatives to piracy
http://www.mpaa.org/Public_Performance.asp

Reguarding musical piracy
http://www.riaa.com/physicalpiracy.php?content_selector=piracy_online_the_law

General Piracy Information
http://www.riaa.com/faq.php
-------------------------------------------------------------
This should get people closer to understanding the law, the impact on everyone, and what is the right and wrong thing to do.
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:BrandonGalderisi
My understanding of the DMCA, and correct me if I am wrong, applies specifically to circumventing copy protection measures.  

That being said, copying digital media that is Copyrighted but not copy protected, is STILL a copyright violation but it is not a violation of the DMCA.  Only works that are copy protected can be covered under the DMCA.
0

Featured Post

Cloud Class® Course: MCSA MCSE Windows Server 2012

This course teaches how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 R2.  It is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Articles

The viewer will learn how to search for and apply Apple Loops, as well as create their own in Logic Pro X. Record a region in the tracks area: Select the region: Go to File > Export > Region to Loop Library: Select the appropriate search terms…
Viewers will learn how to create and use Simpler instruments in Ableton Live. Load new Simpler into an empty MIDI track: Select a sample and drop it into sample window in Simpler: If sample is not pitched at C3, adjust tuning with Transpose para…
Other articles by this author

Keep in touch with Experts Exchange

Tech news and trends delivered to your inbox every month