Thursday, 3 May 2007

Internet Fascism...

Well, it appears that the MPAA and the group behind the AACS content encryption system are none too happy that yet again, their opressive Digital 'Rights' Management system has been bypassed, this time, even faster than it took for DVD's to be cracked.

The big hoo-hah at the moment is over a particular key thats held in memory by all HDDVD players, both software and hardware, which unlocks the content.

This key is:
09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0

Yep, thats right, i'm reprinting it. Why? Because i'm particularly opposed to organisations and 'special interest groups' telling me what i can and can't do with what i purchase. Say I buy a DVD or HDDVD, according to the MPAA, which is AMERICAN, i'm not allowed to do anything more than watch it. Despite the law stating specifically that i'm allowed to make a backup copy and watch it on whatever device i choose, their arcane and underhanded DRM methods prevent me from doing that.

The more people that go out and BREAK this encryption system, the more the big studio's are going to realise that locking media down is NOT the answer. As an example, EMI recently decided to release its entire media catalogue over iTunes in an UNENCRYPTED format, so you can put it on an iPod, Zune and 3rd Party Media Players, and theres no hassle involved. The more studio's do this, the cheaper it is for us to purchase, and the happier we are.

In any case, the Internet is supposed to be a place free of censorship - i should be allowed to write what i want, whenever i want and not live in fear of having the authorities breaking down my door (not that i live in fear of course, i give a big 'fuck you' to everyone that says i cant do anything).

Go on - take this key, repost it, and show the MPAA that they can collectively kiss your arse.

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