Digital Millennium Copyright Act Law and Legal Definition

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1996 is a U.S. federal law relating to copyright. The Act implements the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties of 1996. The Act criminalizes:

1. the production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works;

2 the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright.

The Act penalizes the infringement of copyright on the internet.

The Act mainly encompasses five titles:

1. Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act of 1998;

2. Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act;

3. Computer Maintenance Competition Assurance Act;

4. Miscellaneous provisions relating to the functioning of the Copyright Office; and

5. Vessel Hull Design Protection Act.