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MIT News Office Publication Violates Federal Law

Wednesday’s issue of Tech Talk appears to violate federal law. A front-page article discussing Dan Ariely’s book “Predictably Irrational” included a color image of a U.S. $1 bill. The image is 5.125 long, 85 percent as long as a real $1 bill. Printed images of U.S. currency must be “of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of any matter so illustrated,” according to 18 USC § 504, as amended by the Department of the Treasury under amendment 411.1.

The News Office was unavailable for comment on Thursday night.

—Nick Semenkovich