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Acronym: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

This topic is American-Centric and Dangerous.



U.S. law aiming to persecute those who develop software which disables (or “circumvents”) copyright protection or copy prevention systems.

This law has harmed a variety of other research projects, including Cryptography as the DMCA forbids the attempt to disable copy protection systems. This has been a blow to a number of researchers looking for weaknesses in current encryption algorithms.

“The Digital Speech Project works to reclaim your rights trampled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related technology control schemes.”

Some important cases involving the DMCA

  • The case against Russian citizen Dmitry Sklyarov when he created a tool that would disable Adobe‘s document protection (a form of cryptography).

Covered in the following iA stories

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