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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 was enacted as a response to rapidly-changing technologies and some of the tensions created thereby: Copyright owners felt that the laws then on the books were insufficient to protect their rights, and ISPs and online bulletin board owners were being hit with copyright suits over user-generated content they did not directly control. Among its innovations, DMCA criminalizes “circumvention” measures, i.e., technology or services that avoid measures intended to control access to and protect copyrighted works..

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