Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Some people like to suggest that there is nothing intrinsically linking digital formats with ease of piracy. After all you can copy a physical book too, right? But the slipperiness of the electronic format is in the absolute ease of duplication and transmission. This is demonstrated in a recent case where a judge ruled that a copy of a prostitution ring's client list should be shared with a defense lawyer--but only in a version that could not be copied, printed or shared. Ultimately it was determined that no electronic format could meet those requirements. The lawyer was instead given access to print outs.