Want to own an integer? While it might not sound like very much fun, the AACS-LA seems to be having a pretty good time with their 128-bit number, so you might as well. Thankfully, Princeton professor Edward Felten is giving them out for free, so grab them while they’re hot.
Here’s how we do it. First, we generate a fresh pseudorandom integer, just for you. Then we use your integer to encrypt a copyrighted haiku, thereby transforming your integer into a circumvention device capable of decrypting the haiku without your permission. We then give you all of our rights to decrypt the haiku using your integer. The DMCA does the rest.
The haiku is copyright 2007 by Edward W. Felten:
We own integers,
Says AACS LA.
You can own one too.
My number? 5D 25 58 74 10 B7 9E 3F 15 77 7B 31 1F 18 64 82. Now that you’ve read it, you’ve got to forget it, because if you use it, I’m coming after you.
[Via: Boing Boing]