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May 8, 2007 - General Memo

Mine! All Mine!

Last week Micheal Ayers of AACS (Advanced Access Content System, an organization that governs the “protection” of the new HD-DVD) gave notice that they intend to shut down, run out of town and generally harass websites that publish a pseudo-random series of characters.1

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Namely, that series of characters.

AACS states that by doing what just, oops, happened above violates the DMCA by “offering to the public a technology, service, product… blither blather …for the purpose of circumventing… protection measures.” This pseudo-random number, apart from being a rather cool number, can apparently be used to crack the protection on the new HD-DVD discs.

Now this comes down to the simple premise that AACS has decided that by publishing and/or distributing this number constitutes breaking the law. A random, excuse me, pseudo-random number. Breaking the law.

Well, I say bullshit.

But, just in case they happen to be right, I’m hedging my bets. I’m registering my own number that none of you are allowed to use.2

D1 51 8B 58 3F CD 99 A0 F1 D7 BC 5F D4 D7 54 3F

Don’t let me catch you either or I’ll release the hounds.

» Footnotes
  2. Thanks to Edward W. Felten I have my own shiny new 128-bit number. Want your own? «

ha. you rebel you.

- naree on a Tuesday

@naree - you'd better watch out or i'm gonna post it on your blog!

- allister on a Wednesday
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