Short for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an act of Congress that was signed into law on October 28th, 1998, by President Clinton. DMCA’s purpose is to update U.S. copyright laws for the digital age.
Briefly, the DMCA stipulates the following conditions:
It is a crime to circumvent anti-piracy measures that are built into commercial software.
It is a crime to manufacture, sell or distribute code-cracking devices that illegally copy software. However, it is not a crime to crack copyright protection devices in order to conduct encryption research, assess product interoperability or test the security of computer systems.
Under certain circumstances, nonprofit libraries, archives and education institutions are exempt from the anti-circumvention provisions.
The copyright infringement liability of ISPs that simply transmit information over the Internet is limited. However, ISPs must remove material from users’ Web sites that appears to constitute copyright infringement.
The liability for copyright infringement by faculty members and graduate students of nonprofit institutions of higher education is limited when the institutions serve as ISPs and under certain circumstances.
Webcasters must pay licensing fees to record companies.
The Register of Copyrights must submit to Congress recommendations regarding how to promote distance education through digital technologies while “maintaining an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners and the needs of users.”
- DMCA 1201
Also known as the DMCA Anticircumvention Provision, a section of the DMCA that makes it a crime to traffic in technology that circumvents copy protection.
Short for Desktop Management Interface, an API to enable software to collect information about a computer environment. For example, using DMI a program can determine what software and expansion boards are installed on a computer. DMI is designed to be platform -independent and operating system -independent so that programs can make the same function calls […]
SHort for Data Manipulation Language, a set of statements used to store, retrieve, modify, and erase data from a database. There are two types of DML: procedural, in which the user specifies what data is needed and how to get it; and nonprocedural, in which the user specifies only what data is needed.
Short for Distributed Management Task Force, DMTF is an industry organization for the development, adoption and promotion of interoperable management standards and integration technology for enterprise and Internet environments. DMTF technologies include the following: Common Information Model (CIM) Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) Desktop and mobile Architecture for System (DASH) Initiative Systems Management Architecture for Server […]
(pronounced as separate letters) Short for demilitarized zone, a computer or small subnetwork that sits between a trusted internal network, such as a corporate private LAN, and an untrusted external network, such as the public Internet. Typically, the DMZ contains devices accessible to Internet traffic, such as Web (HTTP ) servers, FTP servers, SMTP (e-mail) […]