Saturday, May 05, 2007

I am Sparticus Online

As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know I am not the worlds biggest fan of Digital Rights Management.

After spending billions of pounds and two years developing the stupidly restrictive copy protection system for HDDVD the encryption was broken in a few days by a consumer angry that he couldn't play back the DVD that he had legitimately paid for in the way that he wanted to.

The key to decrypting every single HD DVD is a short string of hexadecimal numbers namely: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

The heavy handed AACS promptly sent 7000 takedown notices to people who had even mentioned or linked to the story threatening their favorite action of making ordinary content consumers like you and me into criminals.

Digg was a primary target of their ire and their clearly worried management started deleting any posts which included the code. The Digg community reacted by ensuring that every single post on the front page included the code and bloggers worldwide posted the number on their sites a google search shows 1.2 million hits and counting!

To me this is a wonderful thing and shows the web community is willing to stand up and be counted. If we all stand together and say "I am Sparticus" then the fat cats who want to drain our pockets at the expense of our freedom can't touch us. The spin doctoring suggests that people who break DRM are marginalized criminal fanatics with links to terrorism who want to undermine the foundations of the music and Film industries, but this reveals the truth that we are a small but ever growing minority of people who are sick of being told how to use the content that we have legally paid to buy.

you may be thinking this is an over reaction to people wanting to protect their interests and revenue stream, but I would refer you to my post on the horrible crippled media features in Vista which are only the tip of the iceberg for how our digital freedoms are already being exploited.

See here for the BBCs take on the story

Or here for the story from Boing Boings Fantastic Cory Doctorow

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