September 11, 2001

World's first DeCSS executable prime number

Author: JT Smith

Reported at The Register: "Mathematician Phil Carmody, who in March of this year managed to encode the
DeCSS source in a prime number, has upped the ante by producing a prime number
which represents an executable version of the banned CSS descrambler... It's a fine legal paradox for the recording industry to chew on. Is research illegal
because it could in some tiny degree weaken their monopoly over the production
and distribution of digital media? Or does the public's right to be informed of
academic developments make a circumvention device legal when it also exhibits
academic value?"

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