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US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  Jul 25, 2021

US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

 
Q. Why is this in news?
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The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology was locked out of his Twitter account for an hour allegedly over a notice received for violation of the US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 1998.
 
Q. What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?
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It is a law passed in the US and is among the world’s first laws recognising Intellectual Property (IP) on the internet.
 
Q. Who can generate a DMCA notice and how are they sent to companies or websites?
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  1. Any content creator of any form, who believes that their original content has been copied by user or a website without authorisation can file an application citing their intellectual property has been stolen or violated.
  2. In the case of social media intermediaries like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, content creators can directly approach the platform with a proof of them being original creators.
  3. Since these companies operate in nations which are signatories to the WIPO treaty, they are obligated to remove the said content if they receive a valid and legal DMCA takedown notice.
 
Q. What is WIPO and how does it ensure protection of content on the internet?
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Q. What is Intellectual Property?
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