Secret AACS numbers, the photoshopped edition

Cory Doctorow:

Wired News has a gallery of the lovely photoshops of the notorious AACS "secret key," a 16-digit number that is illegal to possess and disseminate. AACS is the anti-copying system built into HD-DVDs (and you're out of your mind if you buy one of these boxes -- their future is apparently so fragile that it can be unmade with a 16-digit number!) and controlled by the AACS Licensing Authority. The AACS LA shot itself in the head this week by sending legal threats to sites that contained the number, sparking a user revolt on Digg and many other outraged blogs, pages and posts. Right now, 368,000 pages contain the number, up from 36,000 yesterday. Good luck getting the food coloring out of the swimming pool!


Update: BG points out that the w00t! guys turned the number into a jingle and sang it in their podcast.

Update 2: A tattoo was, I suppose, inevitable. (Thanks, Shannon!)

Update 3: Creede sez, "The AACS key can be sung to any Long Meter hymn tune. The example I came up with was "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow."

Update 4: Jordan sez, "If you put the illegal numbers in a query on the MPAA's search page it prints them on their page. Let's all link to this and then issue them a DMCA takedown notice! Give them a taste of their own medicine. query=09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0

(Via Boing Boing.)