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02-05-2007 The AACS licensing authority is a bunch of idiots

Yup, that's right, the people who license AACS keys have the wit and intelligence of a retarded piece of cheese. Foul smelling retarded cheese at that, like parmesean or limburger that never graduated from curdling 101. They seem to be suffering the ridiculous delusion that they have some legal right to supress the sharing of a numeric code online. This code can be used to do things such as back up and play HD-DVD disks on your computer, circumnavigating the DRM that prevents you from using the product you purchased in ways that they don't want you to.

As stupid a business model as it may be, I'll grant that they might be peeved that their DRM is as good as cracked. Pity for them. But the fact is, the cat's out of the bag, and there are two key things they don't seem to understand:

  1. You can't patent, copyright or otherwise try to prevent other people from using a number. No matter how you argue it, you've got nothing. Even if they tried to use the DMCA to bury it in the U.S. they wouldn't have half a broken ankle to stand on. Consider, even if they found the most backwoods judge and convinced him that "Arnezami" or "Muselix64" who cracked the HD-DVD system were liable, that does not apply to John Q Public who found this number online. No breaking of the law is done in reading a document or sharing a number.

  2. You can't supress information that's leaked on the Internet. If it's out there, and people want it, you ain't stoppin' it. And just for an extra kick in the pants, if you try to suppress it, people make a stink, which makes even more people aware of it. It's a vicious cycle that you can't win. One might be inclined to compare the Internet to a handful of fine sand; you can't contain it. I think that's the wrong analogy though. It's more like a handful of uranium-235. Not only can't you contain it, but if you try to, it will explode in your face and leave a far more devastating mess than if you simply let it dissipate.
On a final note, 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0, and if you want to read up on this, I'd suggest starting with this article on boingboing.net.

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