Write down: “09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0″

Yup… there’s been attempts at censoring / abolishing the above number from the intarwebs… It appears to be the HDDVD Processing key for all current released HDDVD’s. Thank goodness the DMCA doesn’t hold any ground outside of the US of A… If I receive any take-down notices, this could be fun :), as trade secrets are not secrets anymore, and have no legal protection.

Some interesting links:

Update: Freedom To Tinker.com has a nice view on the subject. And also some explanation for non-techies:

While it’s obvious why the creator of a movie or a song might deserve some special claim over the use of their creation, it’s hard to see why anyone should be able to pick a number at random and unilaterally declare ownership of it. There is nothing creative about this number — indeed, it was chosen by a method designed to ensure that the resulting number was in no way special. It’s just a number they picked out of a hat. And now they own it?
© Freedom To Tinker

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5 thoughts on “Write down: “09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0″”

  1. Shhh…

    He’s just forgetting that publishing the key is acually illegal in The Netherlands as well, thanks to the European Copyright Directive…

    (And sadly, the Dutch version thereof does make cracking or aiding in cracking of encryption illegal)

    Still, it’s an insane law so a bit of counteraction like this is no more than ‘a good thing’ 😉

  2. > Who says that this stream of hex-digits is anything
    > more than some random numbers that came into my head
    > last week

    I think that the fact that you’re referring to the DMCA and the HD-DVD case in your opening post is proof enough 😉

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