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Unpublished Paper
Unlimited Times: DMCA Anticircumvention Measures on Public Domain Films
ExpressO (2012)
  • Sarah L Jordan, The George Washington University Law School
The Constitution guarantees that intellectual property will enter into the public domain after a limited time. However, the amount of time in which that happens for copyrighted works has been extended numerous times since the writing of the Constitution. While the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was not enacted by Congress to extend copyright protection limits, it has inadvertently granted unlimited protections to public domain films in digital formats. As early films begin to enter the public domain, a select few have the means to provide those films in digital format, but the public does not have the right to exploit those digital films. This article explores the extent of protections on digital public domain films under the DMCA, examines the current system meant to prevent such protections, and offers possible solutions to the problem of digitally protected public domain works.
  • public domain,
  • limited times,
  • DMCA,
  • anticircumvention
Publication Date
May 15, 2012
Citation Information
Sarah L Jordan. "Unlimited Times: DMCA Anticircumvention Measures on Public Domain Films" ExpressO (2012)
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