Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

NAR Seeks Improvements to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") of 1998 endeavors to balance the interests of internet service providers and copyright owners when copyright infringement occurs in the digital environment. 

In comments filed with the U.S. Copyright Office on February 21, NAR stressed that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a highly effective risk management tool for owners of brokerage websites. However, NAR suggested three areas for improvement of the DMCA. (1) modifying the online registration process for copyright agents to permit naming of multiple entities within one form; (2) acknowledging a broad definition of “user” under the DMCA and (3) standardizing copyright management information.

NAR Letter to US Copyright Office