The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
On October 28, 1998 President Clinton signed into law the most extensive changes to copyright law since the present Copyright Act was enacted in 1976. Originally introduced as a set of changes required to implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phongrams Treaty, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act grew to include provisions on copyright infringement liability for online service providers, webcasting, assumption of contractual obligations under collective bargaining agreements in the motion picture industry, design protection, and a number of other subjects.
Click here for a summary (in PDF format) of the bill's provisions that I wrote for the Copyright Office.
Conference and Final Passage
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Public Law 105-304)
Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on Final Passage
(H. Rep. 105-796)
House Passage of H.R. 2281
Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on House Passage of H.R. 2281
House Commerce Committee Report (H. Rep. 105-551 part 2)
House Judiciary Committee Report (H. Rep. 105-551 part 1)
Senate Passage of S. 2037
Floor Statements and Extensions of Remarks on Senate Passage of S. 2037
Committee Report for S. 2037 (S. Rep. 105-190)
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