Some of its controversial provisions impose penalties for distributing methods to circumvent copy protection schemes or region blocking access controls (used in media like DVDs).
Only submit sites discussing filesharing, for or against.Filesharing here refers to making files available for general download over the Internet, generally over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks like Gnutella or Napster before it was reconstructed as a music store.
Submissions to this category should specifically relate to the 1998 copyright extension acts, or to the court challenges of it. General discussions of copyrights belong in Society/Issues/Intellectual_Property/CopyrightsSites related to the USA's Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extends the term of copyright restrictions by 20 years. Sometimes called the "Mickey Mouse Copyright Act" by critics, since the Disney Corporation lobbied hard for it. Opponents pointed out that Congress had extended the terms of copyrights eleven times in the preceding fifty years, with the effect that no works created since 1923, such as the earliest Mickey Mouse cartoons, had ever passed into the public domain.