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Old 09-07-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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DIY Kindle scanner and DRM cracker

Did you ever wonder how to use Lego Mindstorm to make your Kindle collection DRM-free? Well, according to the maker, "this is an art project reflecting the relation of book scanning, copyright, and digital rights management. This is not intended to be understood as an instruction or invitation, but rather as a provocative thought experiment."

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A university professor in Austria has released the video below, showing how he has automated a low-tech approach to bypassing the digital rights management system on the Kindle.

His name is Peter Purgathofer, and he’s an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology.

Using Lego’s Mindstorms — a basic robotics kit popular with hobbyists — plus a Kindle and a Mac, he has assembled a way to photograph what’s on the screen, and then submit it to a cloud-based text-recognition service.
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http://vimeo.com/73675285
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'll have to suggest to the other moderators that this be removed. This is clearly a DRM-circumvention device, and illegal under the terms of the DMCA.






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Old 09-07-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
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Ingenious what people can come up with isn't it.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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That's crazy brilliant. Might have to do that for Comixology stuff, but on the iPad, ha!
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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This already exists for some time. It's the same mechanism used to OCR paper books.

What's this guy going to invent next; copying DRM-ed audio books by connecting the player's line-out to the line-in of a sound card?

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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This already exists for some time. It's the same mechanism used to OCR paper books.

What's this guy going to invent next; copying DRM-ed audio books by connecting the player's line-out to the line-in of a sound card?
Good point. Isn't there an all wood copy of that kind of thing that is in kit form? I think I remember it being posted about somewhere here at MR some time back.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #8
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This already exists for some time. It's the same mechanism used to OCR paper books.

What's this guy going to invent next; copying DRM-ed audio books by connecting the player's line-out to the line-in of a sound card?
Done that countless times already.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:32 PM   #9
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Done that countless times already.
I won a bet once, against a dude who wanted to rip a for use in his car MP3-player and said it couldn't be because of copy protection. I copied that the same way, by just playing it on the computer, and haveing an audio editor "Record What You Hear" :P

Split it up, save as MP3, done. Only skill required: Patience.

It did earn me an evening of free drinks and a meal afterward. Expensive MP3's
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:28 AM   #10
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Nothing that couldn't be done very much more easy on the Mac alone (Automator doing screen dumps on Kindle for Mac). Even more easy on a PC.

But Hey, then we would not have the fun of the Lego Mindstorms at work !
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:32 AM   #11
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That's a nice piece of useless junk, I mean, what a wonderful art project!
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:29 AM   #12
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Ah ah funny.

With LEGO, everything's possible

Mind you, i never though to use this to make some DYI paper book scanner That idea do have it merits.

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Old 09-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #13
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Search youtube. A page turner has already been done.

Only need to extend it a bit to push a camera button.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:56 PM   #14
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It pretty much shows the silliness of DRM. The best solution to pirates is to make books available at a reasonable price (yes, I know everyone has a different definition of reasonable). For the most part, people will buy ebooks if available. Not having them available just trains a new generation on how to use to darknet. This is something that has been known for a decade now.
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