If you have talked to me about intellectual property, you will know that though I certainly believe artists, engineers, and other intellectual property creators should get paid for their labor, I am no fan of our current copyright and patent laws. Particularly, I disagree with the ill conceived DMCA. In recent news, it has been at the center of law suits and “cease and desist” letters filed by the AACS-LA (Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator) regarding a leaked 128 bit key used in DRM schemes for the new HD-DVD format.
The ensuing battle has resulted numerous Internet posts being taken down as well as the temporary take-down of many digg.com posts. This debacle only adds fuel to my belief that DRM will never be ironclad enough to stem truly intentional piracy. Instead, at best it may prevent some accidental copyright infringements, and at worst it will prevent consumers from exercising their fair use rights with the protected content.
Though I won’t post the forbidden “09 F9 ..” number here for legal reasons, I do encourage you to wear all but the forbidden key.