But coming right up, as the second of the two-part scenario, is Copyright. To place a timeline on things, Napster sounded the battle trumpet, then the mega million entertainment lawyers went to work. The 1998 DMCA, or Digital Millenium Copyright Act, was pretty fierce, but it did contain a couple of useful protections inside an otherwise aggressive piece of legislation. Put simply, content providers were safe as long as they took down material "alleged to be copyrighted", which was subject to a counter-claim.


This was pretty bad, but in the last half of 2011 and brewing in 2012, a new generation of Pro-Copyright events took center stage, sleepily at first, then with general public outrage at the sheer aggression implied. These are the US proposed bills labeled SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN. There is an International version at the Treaty level known as ACTA.