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The world’s first copyright law, the Statute of Anne, was enacted in England in 1710. Its purpose was to protect copyright owners from unscrupulous printers who, at the time, would copy and sell almost anything they could get their hands on, regardless of whether they created it or not. Since then an ongoing battle has been joined between copyright owners, who seek to protect their copyrighted content, and infringers, who use advanced technology to facilitate unauthorized instantaneous copying and worldwide distribution. The very same advanced technology that permits convenient access for authorized users of copyrighted content opens the floodgates to unauthorized worldwide distribution. Thus, the copyright owners search for cost-effective ways to protect their copyrighted content, while simultaneously permitting convenient access to authorized parties, continues unabated.

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