Wednesday, August 11, 2004

INDUCERS: Federal Prisons

Prison Pete (currently an inmate in a Federal Prison in West Virginia) says
For example, one function of my job is printing the worksheets for our GED program. Several of the workbooks I copied are about 48 pages in length, and using the 11 x 17 paper, it takes twelve sheets of paper.

Each of the books contains the standard copyright notice saying basically, "making any types of copies is forbidden by law".

I might add that the law in this case happens to be a Federal statute. [via Biz Stone]
Clearly the federal prison system is an inducer because they won't buy the prisoners enough books to study for their GEDs which in turn forces Prison Pete (a computer programmer before his "career change") to make copies and thus violate federal copyright laws.

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