Wednesday, May 02, 2007
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0
Sorry if I'm a bit late to the party. So, the AACS and friends have been trying to censor the number 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 from the internet. They've sent out Cease and Desist letters to different sites (digg.com included). The Swedish magazine publication syndicate IDG has decided to censor the number as well.
The main thing that bugs me, apart from the silliness of it all, is how people are interpreting the law (much can be said about the laws regulating copy protection etc themselves, mind you) at hand. Basically, the law clearly says that spreading and using techniques for circumventing copy protection schemes is illegal.
Clearly, a decryption key is not a technique. The decryption / playback algorithms are. And the movie industry are spreading those techniques themselves. Those techniques are clearly made for, well, accessing the protected data. Forbid those instead :) Or maybe they should just realize that they can't stop someone having access to data they WANT you to have access to. They have to choose.
Will they be coming after me know? Will a tinfoil hat help? I got plenty!