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Music: Copyright and Plagiarism: Copyright in the Digital Age

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

  • The DMCA of 1998 aims to prevent copying by preventing people from breaking encryptions on copyrighted works, and preventing anyone from creating or selling a device that would enable the breaking of those encryptions.

Digital Recording Laws

Digital Technology

  • Digital Technology and Social Media has significantly changed the way which music is distributed. Musicians no longer rely on physical record sales or radio stations, but instead rely on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
  • Access to music is now open to more people than ever before, but this comes at a cost to major record labels, who’s control over their music production and distribution is now severely limited.

The Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA)

  • The AHRA of 1992 required that digital audio recording devices in the U.S. be designed to prevent serial copying of sound recordings, and that manufacturers of digital audio recording devices and related media pay royalties to a fund that is distributed among record companies, performers, and owners of copyrighted music.

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