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Specialized Services Help Rights Holders Maximize the Protection Afforded by the DMCA
As the public Internet began to take off, intellectual property rights advocates increasingly began clamoring for protection. Even if rights holders had suffered for years at the hands of pirates who turned out unauthorized video cassettes and other analog recordings, the digital Internet clearly posed a new kind of danger. Giving everyone with access the ability to transmit digital content to anyone else in convenient, speedy fashion, this then-novel form of connectivity seemed to many like an existential threat to the content creation sector.
Fortunately, well connected businesses in the film, music, and other industries were able to make their pleas heard. In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, a forward thinking piece of legislation designed to ensure that the rise of the Internet would not mean the downfall of for-profit content creation. Built around a simple process that provides protection to content hosts who comply with takedown notices, the DMCA has since proved to be an extremely effective way of fighting back against what might otherwise be a completely unmanageable problem.
Even so, making effective use of the protection afforded by the DMCA is not always as easy as might be hoped. Even just tracking down the online destinations where a piece of content might be hosted without authorization can be incredibly difficult, particularly for creators who lack the resources to devote to such activities full time. Those who click here will see, however, that there are effective, worthy sources of assistance that can be accessible to just about anyone who could use a hand.
Services like takedown czar, in fact, allow their clients to make full use of the DMCA without needing to become deeply involved themselves. After being given a list of content the rights to which a particular client holds, they can continually watch over the entire Internet to make sure it will only be published by authorized parties. Instead of being forced to accept that some illicit publication will inevitably slip through the cracks, rights owners can therefore rest easy. That can allow them to leverage the many benefits the Internet affords to content creators and rights holders without falling prey to the dangers.
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