The DMCA criminalizes the circumvention of the anti-piracy measures that are built into most commercial software and other digital technology in an attempt to protect copyrighted works in a digital format. However, the DMCA establishes limitations or exemptions that apply to libraries regarding the use and transmission of digital technology. Specifically, the DMCA affords LLCC Library the following exemptions:
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 amended several areas of the U.S. copyright law law including Section 108, "Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Reproduction by Libraries and Archives." Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code allows libraries & archives, under certain circumstances, to make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. For example, libraries may photocopy journal articles, book chapters, etc. and send these copies to other libraries through interlibrary loan. This section also allows libraries to make copies for preservation purposes. This simple tool can help you determine whether or not a particular reproduction is covered by this exemption.