More than 20 years have passed since Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was intended to enable copyright owners and online service providers to collaborate to combat online infringement — but today, piracy is more rampant than ever. So where does the DMCA stand now, and what needs to happen for it to live up to the potential that Congress intended? Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee, has planned a series of hearings throughout 2020 on what’s working and not working re: the DMCA. Following the conclusion of the hearings, determinations will be made on how to best proceed. On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office issued its long-awaited Section 512 Report as a means of assisting Congress in updating the Copyright Act for the 21st Century.
For more information regarding the DMCA Hearings, including a schedule, coverage and more, please see below.