Every day we turn to the Internet for the seemingly endless amount of information and entertainment it provides. But most people don’t realize that we can only do these things because of a law passed in 1998 — the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Despite the creative and economic value the DMCA has helped create, the copyright industry wants to radically change the law to force online platforms to police for copyright infringements on their behalf by using content filtering technology. Let’s take a closer look at what that could mean.
After its racist gaffe following the San Francisco plane crash, KTVU uses the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to have clips of the event removed from the Internet.