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Everything Wrong with Digital Copyright (And How to Fix It)

  13.03.21 11:51am

Digital copyright is broken. We know this inherently, and wheeze exasperation whenever the latest nonsensical DRM news up. But fixing it's not as simple as tossing the whole system out the window. So here's a breakdown of every way digital copyright has gone wrong, and, with luck and persistence and prevailing sanity, how it can maybe fix itself.

What the DMCA Is, and How It Works

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998, is the foundation of basically every United States law regarding digital rights. It's also hotly contested, from both consumer rights activists like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from the music and movie industries, who are pushing for more restrictive legislation. Like umpires in baseball, sometimes if both sides are mad at you, you're doing something right. With the DMCA, that's not entirely untrue, but it's also deeply flawed in certain aspects.

To understand what the DMCA does wrong, though, you need to have a general understanding of how it works in the first place. There are a two main pillars to the law.

Read more of the Gizmodo article here:  http://gizmodo.com/5989166/everything-wrong-with-digital-copyright