Today in Copyright History: 10/28

October 28, 1992 saw the introduction of royalties on the sale of digital audio recording devices.  The Audio Home Recording Act provided for royalties to performers and copyright owners of sound recordings, and to writers and publishers of musical works, upon the manufacture and sale of digital audio recording devices and media.

Six years later, on October 28, 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provided for implementation of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty, limited online infringement liability for Internet service providers, created a form of protection for vessel hulls, and clarified the role of the Copyright Office.