What Does DMCA 1201 Mean?
DMCA 1201 is a legislative prohibition that guards against technological circumvention of safeguards erected by copyright holders to protect their work. It is part of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), a U.S. law enacted in 1998. DMCA 1201 protects copyrighted works by prohibiting circumvention technology from disabling encrypted and rights-protected digital media. Amendments to DMCA have slightly loosened the protective measures on circumvention prohibition in specified ways, perhaps most notably by enabling professors to access digital data that is pertinent to their university or college curriculums.
DMCA 1201 may also be known as the WIPO Copyright and Performance and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act.