With the best of intentions, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a new section of its website that is intended to highlight services and software features that consumers are denied because of DRM. There’s a whole catalog of devices that are missing from our world. Things we’d pay money for — things you could earn money with — don’t exist thanks to the chilling effects of an obscure copyright law: Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA 1201). That law makes selling a device that bypasses access controls on copyrighted works illegal, with criminal penalties of 5 years in prison (for a first offense!), and potential civil penalties in the millions. It’s hard to notice what isn’t there. We’re aiming to fix that, with this work of “design fiction” — a collection of devices, services, products, and tools. These things could have been, and should have been, but never were. This is a good idea, but unfortunately the EFF didn’t fact check the entries before they published their Catalog of Missing Devices. In the space of about 20 minutes I found two questionable claimes relating to ereaders. For starters, the EFF claims that you can’t install fonts on an ereader. […]
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