BugTraq reports on some more currency detection/image blocking in some (surprise!) HP products: HP printers and currency anti-copying measures (5 messages). See particularly the second note in the thread, which notes that making digital copies of the euro is not illegal, per se — but HP has elected to try to block the use of their devices to print images that it doesn’t want you to print.
A mating of Prof. Lessig’s notion of architecture with the idea that, at a certain level, the users of tools in this context are increasingly unable to perceive what limits have been placed upon the tool — that the user is alienated from the tools of creation, and thus, controlled.
[via Slashdot: Currency Detection Discovered in More Products]