Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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105TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS
2ND SESSION


An Act
To amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty and Performances and Phonograms Treaty, and for other purposes.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 1. Short Title.[edit]

This Act may be cited as the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act”.

Sec. 2. Table of Contents.[edit]

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
TITLE I—WIPO TREATIES IMPLEMENTATION
Sec. 101. Short title.
Sec. 102. Technical amendments.
Sec. 103. Copyright protection systems and copyright management information.
Sec. 104. Evaluation of impact of copyright law and amendments on electronic commerce and technological development.
Sec. 105. Effective date.
TITLE II—ONLINE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LIABILITY LIMITATION
Sec. 201. Short title.
Sec. 202. Limitations on liability for copyright infringement.
Sec. 203. Effective date.
TITLE III—COMPUTER MAINTENANCE OR REPAIR COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION
Sec. 301. Short title.
Sec. 302. Limitations on exclusive rights; computer programs.
TITLE IV—MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Sec. 401. Provisions Relating to the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and the Register of Copyrights.
Sec. 402. Ephemeral recordings.
Sec. 403. Limitations on exclusive rights; distance education.
Sec. 404. Exemption for libraries and archives.
Sec. 405. Scope of exclusive rights in sound recordings; ephemeral recordings.
Sec. 406. Assumption of contractual obligations related to transfers of rights in motion pictures.
Sec. 407. Effective date.
TITLE V—PROTECTION OF CERTAIN ORIGINAL DESIGNS
Sec. 501. Short title.
Sec. 502. Protection of certain original designs.
Sec. 503. Conforming amendments.
Sec. 504. Joint study of the effect of this title.
Sec. 505. Effective date.


Approved October 28, 1998.

Legislative History[edit]

H.R. 2281 (S. 2037):

HOUSE REPORTS:

Nos. 105–551, Pt. 1 (Comm. on the Judiciary) and Pt. 2 (Comm. on Commerce) and 105–796 (Comm. of Commerce).

SENATE REPORTS:

No. 105–190 accompanying S. 2037 (Comm. on the Judiciary).

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 144 (1998):

Aug. 4, considered and passed House.
Sept. 17, considered and passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 2037.
Oct. 8, Senate agreed to conference report.
Oct. 12, House agreed to conference report.

WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 34 (1998):

Oct. 28, Presidential statement.
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