Copyright Infringement Censoring Printer

IBM filed a patent on a printer that could stop a user from printing any text or images belonging to copyright holders. Legally, copyrights expire 70 years after publication or a small percentage of text. The printer would double-check files for copyright infringement before printing a document. The printer would check an external database to ensure that a file is not copyrighted and possibly assist the user in getting permission from the copyright holder.

With decreasing print volumes, most printer hardware manufacturers are trying to increase consumer printing. Granted, no one in the printing and imaging industry would want to violate copyright laws; however, could these restrictions hurt print volumes even more?

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