MPAA and AACS Steal from God

Ed Felten writes a brilliant post on why, aside from the obvious legal reasons, the movie industry’s threat to make a certain string of 16 hexadecimal numbers “unspeakable” is just so fucking ridiculous.

When the great mathematician Leopold Kronecker wrote his famous dictum, “God created the integers; all else is the work of man”, he meant that the basic structure of mathematics is part of the design of the universe. What God created, AACS LA now wants to take away.

God should sue. So should Kevin Rose.

Digg Defies MPAA on HD-DVD Decryption Code

In a bold move that will go down in the annals of Internet legend, Digg founder Kevin Rose joins the Digg Revolt of 2007 by defying the MPAA’s order to make the HD-DVD decryption code an “unspeakable” number.

You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Yes, Kevin, you have balls the size of Google. You richly deserve your $60 million. And your hot girlfriend.

(Via Jon-Paul Oliva.)