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A journal about web design, content strategies, and the Internet as well as topical items of interest.
Jul
12

The DMCA: A Muzzle or Security?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, was enacted by Congress in October 1998, to bring American copyright law in line with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) standards and rules. It consists of five parts, of which the following two sections are most important: Title I: WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Tries Implementation Act and Title II: Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act, called OCILLA for short. Together, Titles I and II have had a huge impact on how information is published and referenced electronically, physically, and how it is cataloged and searched. For the first time, it became a crime to create any software or services that try to hack or break the coding placed into CDs, DVDs, and electronic media stored on servers that were meant to thwart pirates from stealing copyrighted work. The term used for the code that is often programmed directly into the chips or data streams is Digital Rights Management or DRM. The DMCA goes further than just criminalizing the creators of DRM hacks. It also criminalizes any person who tries to break a DRM whether they actually infringed on a copyright or not. Lastly, the DMCA increased the penalties for any copyright infringement on the Internet, correcting a missing level of protection for copyright holders.

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Jul
12

Copyright And You

Have You Tried Creative Commons?

Copyright is as old as printing and as new as today. As freelancers, whether writing, designing for print or the Internet, broadcasting, filming, or creating music, you should be aware of your rights as well as the downside of selling your work for a living.

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