Not too long ago, the key for hacking AACS Blu-Ray and HD-DVD disks was discovered and published. It’s a simple 128-bit number: 09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0
(It’s a hexidecimal number, where the numbers go from 0-15 rather than 0-9).
When this number was published, the AACS threatened 1.8 million sites saying that it owned the number and any use of it was a copyright violation.
This is probably the first time in US history that a group has claimed ownership of a number. It is also the first time in history that a law (the
DMCA — Digital Millenium Copyright Act) allows a company to censor the use of a number by mere threat. The law states that a person must stop
using it merely if a complaint is made, not if a real violation is proven.
This is clearly a bad law, and has implications in all professions that use numbers. To show this, another group is giving away ownership of
other numbers. Mine is:
I wanted “5″, but apparently it was taken.
I suggest you get your own.
Hat tip BoingBoing