Or by publishing it?
And are you an accomplice because you looked at it?
Holy handcuffs Batman!
I had a notion that it is unlawful to make photos of U.S. money. I had heard that somewhere. So I did some research.
It turns out that the Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, more specifically a regulation promulgated by the Department of the Treasury under the authority of that Act, 31 CFR section 411.1, authorizes printing and publishing color illustrations of U.S. currency if . . .
- The illustration is at least 3/4 smaller or 1 1/2 times larger than the actual bill.
- The illustration is one-sided.
- All negatives, digitized storage media, magnetic media, optical storage devices, etc. are destroyed or erased after the final use.
To be super careful, I took one other precaution. Since the law is ultimately about counterfeiting, I only photographed part of the twenty dollar bill. No one could mistake that for the real deal. I know that our money’s buying power is shrinking, but the bills themselves aren’t.
So, I think we’re safe.