Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Boing Boing: EFF explains the law on AACS keys:

EFF's Fred von Lohmann has posted an excellent, incredibly depressing story about the AACS key that's been at the center of so much controversy lately. Basically, the DMCA is such a terrible law that it's almost certainly a losing proposition to publish or link to the key (though Fred says nothing about linking to sites that link to the key).

This is the law of the land, and it stinks. If there was ever an example of why the DMCA needs to die, this is it. The idea that a sixteen-digit number is illegal to possess, to discuss in class, or to post on a news site is offensive to a country where free speech is the first order of the Constitution. The MPAA and RIAA are conspiring to unmake America, to turn this into a country where free expression, due process, and the rule of law take a back-seat to a perpetual set of governmental handouts intended to guarantee the long-term profitability of a small handful of corrupt companies.

10:55 PM