Parameters Start To Form For Online Content Laws

By Sara Stefanini (September 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- More than a decade after Congress passed two laws designed to shield Internet service providers from liability for copyrighted material posted online, several recent cases suggest that judges are beginning to clarify who these statutes protect and when they allow intellectual property owners to take action, according to attorneys.

Lawmakers enacted the Digital Millennium Act of 1998 and the Communications Decency Act of 1996 before Web sites like YouTube.com, MySpace.com and Facebook.com triggered a boom of user-generated content. Thousands and thousands of music and video clips, photographs and other material are posted online every day, much of which infringes copyrights....

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