[free-sklyarov] The Anti-DMCA Index -- Libraries, Ebooks and the DMCA

Jon O . jono at microshaft.org
Mon Aug 13 10:23:38 PDT 2001

On 13-Aug-2001, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
> At 10:00 13-08-2001, Jon O . wrote:
> >27. Maximum penalty for reading "Alice in Wonderland" aloud (possible DMCA 
> >violation):  5 years jail
> In the interest of accuracy: this is the penalty for using the "read aloud" 
> feature of the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader.  The legal restriction was (is?) 
> very poorly worded, but what it *means*, according to both Adobe and its 
> opponents, is that the "read aloud" text-to-speech feature is disabled.  It 
> does not, and never did, mean that a human can not read the text of the 
> work aloud in the ordinarily-permitted ways (i.e., not for paid public 
> performance in the case of copyrighted work).

I think you are right about this. However, to create the same level of 
strategic ambiguity present in the law, the above wording was chosen ;)...

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