The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been a matter of constant annoyance for Internet Service Providers as well as a constant source of joy for the RIAA and MPAA, recording and film industry anti-piracy extraordinaires who had a lot to do with the bill’s passage in the first place.
The DMCA has specific rules under which ISPs can be held responsible for the digital piracy of their clientèle, but for the most part, ISPs have never been in a position to be held liable. Until now, with the case of Cox Communications versus BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music.
Represented by Rightscorp, a legal conglomerate with intimate ties to the entertainment industry, [...]
“When you buy a video game, you expect to be able to play it for as long as you want. You expect be able to play it with your kids many years from now if you want (well, maybe not Grand Theft Auto),” writes Harvard law student Kendra Albert. She, with the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is petitioning the US Copyright Office for a modification to the ever-controversial Digitial Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).