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DMCA

Since the internet began, people have uploaded over a billion gigabytes of digital content.

That includes music, movies, games, and much more. What protects content creators when someone violates copyright laws and posts their work online without their consent? In the United States, it is the DMCA.

Provisions of the DMCA protect content creators and owners from copyright violators by providing a process anyone can use to have legally protected work removed from a website.

What Is the DMCA?

By the middle to late 1990s, peer-to-peer file-sharing and other new digital technologies had facilitated widespread illegal access to copyrighted material.

In response, industry organizations such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lobbied for the creation of a formal process by which copyright holders could assert their rights over media posted to third-party websites and have copyrighted material removed promptly.

The DMCA is the result — a collaboration between legislators, media companies, and consumer advocates. DMCA is short for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It is a US law that was enacted by the US Congress in 1998 and signed by President Bill Clinton on October 28th of that year.