The CyberLaw Blog

A blog discussing legal issues on the Internet – covering online copyright issues, the DMCA, trademark issues, Internet defamation and free speech, cybersquatting / typosquatting, and internet-related litigation.

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What is the DMCA? A Look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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.

Jail cell unlocking iphone and videogame consoles thanks to new DMCA bill amending the anti-circumvention provision

DMCA Reform Bill Allows Phone Unlocking and DVD Ripping

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.

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YouTube Prevails in $1 Billion Viacom Lawsuit

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.