HD DVD Cracks and Digg Censorship

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

What do those numbers mean?

They mean that HD DVD encryption has recently been cracked. That’s right, a valid AACS processing key has finally been found. Using this key, all current HD DVD movies can be decrypted.

However, things aren’t all this good. The administrators of the popular social-networking/news site Digg has tried their best to prevent discussion about it. They’ve removed stories about the crack, prevented highly-dugg stories from reaching the front page, and even banned many users who’ve commented about it.

So, if you hate DRM and censorship, spread these numbers everywhere, especially on Digg!

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One Comment on “HD DVD Cracks and Digg Censorship”

  1. tropican8 says:

    You are only hearing a portion of the story. The processing key was found in February. The reason it’s being posted now outside of Doom9 and the Wired News story that originally reported it was one of the staff of BoingBoing blogged about it. That blog was removed due to a DMCA takedown request. Another blogger started a campaign to spread the number because of that blog’s deletion, and he succeeded. Google and Digg then received takedown notices. Google ignored it because they are large enough to fight a major legal battle. (Preventing people from spreading a number is indeed unjust.) Digg, however, is a small company and does not have the resources, even if this is wrong. They had to obey the request, following advice from their lawyers. Their users are rebelling anyway. The site’s valued at $60 Million. It’s owned by a small group of people, mostly 2. What would you have done? Flushed everything down the toilet?

    I also posted about why spreading the number was not a good idea:

    http://citrusgeek.wordpress.com/2007/05/01/why-spreading-the-number-is-not-a-good-idea/

    The industry will never learn. This will just cause what I detail in that post to happen. If you want to fight DRM, this isn’t the way to do it. Help out defectivebydesign.


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