As seen in Lawrence Lessig's
: Amazon.com is offering
an electronic version of the U.S. Constitution aimed at Microsoft's reader.
It's all nicely equipped with the usual digital rights management stuff;
according to Amazon, permission to print the Constitution has been denied.
The irony of the situation is self-evident. We at LWN would certainly
never want to INDUCE anybody to commit a crime, but... if somebody were to
get around the DRM and dump a copy of this electronic book onto their printer, it would be a
clear violation of the DMCA. For somebody looking for a day in court, it
would be harder to find a more desirable case to defend than being charged
with printing the U.S. Constitution. Explaining the problems of
U.S. copyright law to otherwise uninterested parties has always been a
challenge; given enough products like this one, that task is likely to get
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