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What Is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and why is it significant to copyright? Discuss.

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

6. What Is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and why is it significant to copyright? Discuss. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The question is based on theme of DMCA which was in news recently.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail the DMCA and its significance over copyrights.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

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 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Define what DMCA is; The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, is a 1998 law passed in the US and is among the world’s first laws recognizing intellectual property on the internet.

Explain the key features of the Act. The law oversees the implementation of the two treaties signed and agreed upon by member nations of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1996.

Discuss how does it ensure the protection of content on the internet?

Explain its significance to copyrights.

Conclusion:

Conclude with shortcomings and suggest ways to overcome them.