The CyberLaw Blog
If you’ve uploaded a video to YouTube only to have it taken down, you’ve dealt with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
If you’ve ever been on Napster, Grokster, Bearshare, Kazaa, Morpheus, iMesh, LimeWire, The Pirate Bay, or any other torrent sharing site, you’ve dealt with the DMCA.
If you’ve streamed TV episodes through a website only to see the website disappear overnight, you’ve seen the DMCA in action.
So the DMCA basically stops someone from sharing copyrighted content online?
Yes, but there’s a bit more to it.
Last year, the Library of Congress drew furious anger from the Internet when it issued rules banning the practice of unlocking your cell phone. After serious backlash including 100,000+ signatures and a White House statement criticizing the rule, Congress has stepped up to create a new bill to permit unlocking cell phones.
The world’s largest Internet retailer, Amazon.com, is currently in a domain name dispute with the governments of Brazil and Peru over who should control the new .amazon top-level domain.
Congress seems poised to pass the new “Internet Tax” aka the Marketplace Fairness Act. Soon, consumers will be paying taxes on all online purchases. This article discusses how it will affect you.
On Thursday, the federal court granted summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the Viacom v. YouTube case. The ruling marks the latest setback for Viacom, who, since 2007, has sought $1 billion in damages from YouTube for YouTube’s alleged copyright infringement.