More Crazy Laws

Tech: Great. More on the ‘prevention of banknote scanning’ thread; Ed Felten notes that the European Central Bank is

considering recommending legislation to the EU to require inclusion of currency recognition into digital imaging products. Predictably, the ECB’s proposal is wildly overbroad, applying to ‘any equipment, software, or other product’ that is ‘capable of capturing images or transferring images into, or out of, computer systems, or of manipulating or producing digital images for the purposes of counterfeiting’. As usual, the ‘capable of’ construction captures just about every general purpose communication technology in existence — the Internet, for example, is clearly ‘capable of … transferring images into, or out of, computer systems’.

Let’s hope that proposal gets shot down in the way it deserves.

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