Remarkably accurate and finely detailed photocopy machines now reproduce images with incredible clarity. Perhaps you've been reading a high-gloss coffee table book about the collected works of Rembrandt and want to copy some of the stunning high-resolution photos for framing.
Don't. You could violate international and U.S. Federal copyright laws. This is among the few items which are illegal to photocopy.
U.S. Mint Paper Money
Full-sized, full color, double-sided copies of U.S. currency can get you 15 years in jail if you are caught. Counterfeiting is a serious problem and it is vigorously prosecuted. You can legally only make a one-sided copy of currency, and only if it is 75 percent of its original size.
U.S. Treasury Checks
Full color reproduction of U.S. Treasury checks are not permitted. You may copy a U.S. Treasury check only if the copy is in black and white and 75 percent of the original size.
U.S. Postal Documents
Full-color, full-size, double-sided reproductions of uncanceled stamps and postal money orders are prohibited. They can only be be photocopied in black and white at the original size. Single-sided color copies can also be made at 75 percent of original size.
Unless you are utilizing a copyrighted piece of material that comes under the definition of "fair use," it cannot be photocopied. Fair use includes academic research, education course instruction and journalism purposes.
Another Person's Property
Any private or personal documents that does not belong to you cannot be copied unless you have written permission from the owner to copy them. These include, but are not limited to, bank statements, phone records, medical records, drivers licenses and social security cards.
Entities with Documents Marked "Do Not Photocopy"
It is illegal to photocopy any document that has a written prohibition of "Do Not Copy" on it. This protects the document's intellectual property and privacy.