My Integer

is

08 B8 35 22 B3 5A 22 72 48 A9 A9 68 27 92 8B D2

ain’t it purty?

You can read the story here, but the page has been getting hammered pretty badly of late, so here’s the backstory:

You Can Own an Integer Too — Get Yours Here

Monday May 7, 2007 by Ed Felten Remember last week’s kerfuffle over whether the movie industry could own random 128-bit numbers? (If not, here’s some background: 1, 2, 3)

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.

The haiku is copyright 2007 by Edward W. Felten:

We own integers,
Says AACS LA.
You can own one too.

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