The HD-DVD processing code that unlocks copyrighted HD-DVDs
is spreading around the Internet despite attempts
by the AACS Licensing Authority to stop it. Google lists 57,200 pages
that contain the 16-digit hexadecimal number. That has increased substantially since Boing Boing said
there were 32,000 pages listed in Google earlier today. Social media websites like Digg
are greatly expediting the spread of the code. Digg initially tried to comply
with the requests to remove posts about the HD-DVD hack but the website was overwhelmed
by its users posting the code
. Eventually Digg's Kevin Rose saw which way the wind was blowing and posted this message
that includes the code right in the headline.
the code first appeared on Reddit.com, a Digg competitor. Search Engine Land has a good overview
of the story so far.
Meanwhile, the code continues to spread on social media websites and in the blogosphere. There's even a song
(hat tip Scott Beale
) that uses the code as its lyrics. More discussion of this topic can be found here