The DIY Kindle Scanner is a machine made from LEGO Mindstorms that deals with book scanning, copyright and digital rights management. It was created by Peter Purgathofer, associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology, as an art project.
The device automatically scans each page of an e-book and sends them to a text recognition service to receive a text file of the scanned book. Purgathofer writes:
This is not intended to be understood as an instruction or invitation, but rather as a provocative thought experiment. In 2002, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in an open letter to the authors guild: »When someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.« [oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/1291] A few years later, his company built a device that effectively violates the very ideas he expressed in this statement.
The DIY Kindle Scanner reflects the loss of rights Jeff Bezos first defended for us but then chose to remove, and it is also a statement about the futility of DRM. You can check it out in the video below: