Downloading copyrighted material without paying is a crime.
What you need to know about the Digital Millennium copyright Act and how you can avoid illegally downloading content.
Q: What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?
A: The DMCA, as it is known, has a number of different parts. One part is anti-circumvention, which make it illegal to bypass technological measures that protect against accessing or copying copyrighted material. Another part gives Internet service providers (ISP’s) a “safe harbor” from copyright infringement claims if they implement certain prevention procedures.
Q: What are the DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions?
A: Safe Harbor Provisions were passed in 1998 to protect ISPs from liability for the activities of its users. ISPs that comply with addressing DMCA complaints against their end-users qualify for the Safe Harbor exemption, meaning only the infringing customer would be liable for monetary damages. Consolidated takes our Safe Harbor status very seriously.
Q: What are the most common examples of DMCA violations?
A: the most frequent DMCA violations involve downloading copyrighted songs, albums, television shows, movies, video games and software without paying for it. It’s not really free- it’s stolen.
Q: What subject matter is not copyrightable?
A: Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles or discoveries.
Q: How can I protect myself against DMCA Violations?
A: All users should be aware of who is using their Internet service and how it’s being used. Teenagers and young adults are by far the most frequent offenders, so being mindful of their online activity is important. Also, you should never have an unencrypted wireless router, because you have absolutely no control over who is using your service.
Q: What happens if I am contacted about a DMCA Violation?
A: First, you should be cautious of anyone besides Consolidated that contacts you regarding a DMCA violation. If Consolidated contacts you regarding a DMCA violation, we will be able to provide you the time & date of the occurrence, along with the title of material that was illegally downloaded. We will work with you to determine who violated copyright law and what steps can be taken to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Repeat violations can and have resulted in permanent termination of service.
Q: How can I legally obtain copyrighted material vial the Internet?
A: Netflix and Hulu Plus have access to unlimited television shows and movies, while iTunes, Google Play and Amazon have access to material ranging from music and videos to apps and games.
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