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The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 enabled the release of recordable digital formats such as Digital Audio Tape without fear of contributory infringement lawsuits. This Act amended the U.S. copyright law by adding "Digital Audio Recording Devices and Media". This Act establishes a number of important precedents in the U.S. copyright law that includes:
1. the first government technology mandate in the copyright law;
2. the first anti-circumvention provisions in copyright law; and
3. the first government-imposed royalties on devices and media.
The Act also provides a blanket protection from infringement actions for private, non-commercial analog audio copying, and for digital audio copies made with digital audio recording devices.