A Summary of the DMCA
The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its role and effect in our society. Unlike other animals, the power of the human brain served our species well throughout the ages and remained the principal source of power in our continued technological development. With each new age comes a certain level of technological achievements that have contributed to the improvement of society's daily functions. The age of information technology have significantly benefited and influenced every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, new technological achievement comes at a price; evolving ideas and cultures also produce new and improve threats. Throughout this document we will discuss some of the issues that we are faced with and how they relate to or influenced by the DMCA.
The remainder of this document contains a summary of:
* Associated Terminology
* History of the DMCA
* Components and Description
* Effects of the DMCA
In order to understand and be in compliance with a statue or any other type of restrictive measure, it is vital for the populace to be familiar with certain terminology.
Therefore, in order to fully understand the DMCA we must first identify and define some key terminologies that are often associated with it. The following is a list of words and phrases that are seldom associated with the DMCA; each of the below words and phrases have been define in an attempt to provide more clarification to this document.
* Copyrights: A set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. At its most general, it is literally "the right to copy" an original creation. In most cases, these rights are of limited duration.