Sligo Town on the Net owner Chris Ridley has recently won his long-running battle with an Indonesian woman, after it was discovered she was guilty of copyright infringement under the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The woman, Mary Unita Feehily from Indonesian was found guilty of taking, without the permission of the copyright owner, large portions of text from the Sligo Town on the Net website and placing this text, unaltered, into her website blog page, purporting it to be her own work.

This act was done in contravention of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself.

In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. Passed on October 12, 1998 by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users.

Chris Ridley, in association with a team from the web-based search engine Google have succeeded in having Ms Feehily‘s website closed down.

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