TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: You Can Own an Integer Too - Get Yours Here

You Can Own an Integer Too - Get Yours Here

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 8 May 2007 09:09:03 -0400

Monday May 7, 2007 by Ed Felten

Remember last week's kerfuffle over whether the movie industry could
own random 128-bit numbers?

Now, thanks to our newly developed VirtualLandGrab technology, you
can own a 128-bit integer of your very own.

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.

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