Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Problem of the Little Black eBook

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.

1 comment:

Fiona Glass said...

I take it the judge had never heard of a scanner? :P