Has Congress stepped in to change the laws regarding copyright and the Internet?

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Yes. In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which modified Title 17 of the United States Code (the copyright section) to include provisions that apply to the Internet and cyberspace. The act affects many of the provisions, updating them and making them applicable for the 21st century. However, Critics of the case have contended that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act stifles legitimate computer research, and the law has been challenged by several lawsuits arguing that programmers and others should have free-speech protections to explore weaknesses in programs and share their research.