09 F9 11 02 T-Shirt

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 30, 2007
Updated • Jun 16, 2013
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Did you know that you can get into really big trouble if you post the code beginning with 09 F9 11 02 on your website? It is very likely that a take-down notice will be send to the owner of the website as soon as a lawyer from one of the corporations guarding the secret is finding out about it.

You may be wondering why they are making such a big deal about this code that continues with 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 which only some users might identify as the code to rule them all, aka the processing key that unlocks the content of every HD-DVD available up to this point.

Did you know that the processing key ends with 63 56 88 C0? I did not until I read an article where the AACS sent some takedown notices to websites owners who mentioned the key. So, what is actually happening now is that this key will be reproduced on thousands of websites who report about this takedown notice; it will be available in caches, in forum posts and in many other places including custom created T-Shirts, Mugs and Mousepads. It seems that the takedown notice somehow backfired on the AACS, don't you think?

Instead of just keeping it under tight control by ignoring the code posting on sites where it has been posted on, the AACS made such a big deal out of it that the story went viral and reached even mainstream media that reported about it. Some did not show or mention the code while others mentioned it openly on their sites. But even if the code was not mentioned directly, it gave readers and viewers information about it, and it is likely that at least part of that user base used the Internet to find out more about that code and why organizations are hell-bent to censor all sites that post it.


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  1. Quix0r said on December 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Yet another page added, 09-f9-11-02 must be a really hurting, maybe some kind of BDSM hotline number for geeks, encoded in hex? ;-)

  2. suma valluru said on September 6, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Hey, the number you gave gets known to all now…thats a big deal done …Anyway the t-shirt is cute…

    suma valluru

  3. Ronald said on August 16, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful T-shirt with designed codes on it.Here i find them in different colors you can have a look on T shirts

  4. doom9 said on May 5, 2007 at 1:48 am

    better. cheaper. faster.


  5. jedi said on May 4, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    hey. this kicks ass. can I copy ur text to put on my blog..with appropriate linkbacks et al?

  6. Martin said on May 3, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Well I did not get a letter until now and it is questionable if I ever will. Neither my website nor my server are hosted in the United States

  7. Elaine said on May 3, 2007 at 6:31 am

    well, did you get a letter?

  8. normo said on May 3, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Very nice looking shirt. Better looking than the stuff you need it to look at with.

  9. JasonLee said on May 2, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Moe Wampum has it on a t-shirtit’s now on a t-shirt at http://moeschwag.com/hcrcot.html

  10. Owned said on May 2, 2007 at 2:18 pm
  11. kyhwana said on May 2, 2007 at 10:47 am
  12. Moshe said on May 2, 2007 at 9:19 am

    What’s so funny about Digg is when they first started, there were comparisons made about Digg vs. Slashdot; i.e., Digg would let everything be posted vs. /. using “screeners” to determine what’s displayed.

    Digg makes some money and feels as though they have something at stake now, so they change their policy to be one of “we’ll allow anything which won’t cause someone to sue us”. In the same breath, they say by following the rules, it will help them “maintain a democracy”.

    I think they’re walking a tightrope and are trying to avoid looking soft to their community but are being coached by TPTB (The Powers That Be) to avoid anything involving media and content control. If they wimp out completely, someone *will* go to the lengths of hosting in a safe location and let everything be posted…as Digg promised everyone from the onset.

    Stick around, someone’s going to put a Digg 2.0 together and Digg can rely upon stories about the first person to set up a kool-aid stand died and the obit is on the web site of a backwater newspaper.

    Digg will be come dugg. As in “dugg themselves into a hole in the ground”.

    You’re either open, or you aren’t.

    (This is akin to Microsoft portraying the spirit of OSS and failing to even come close. They’re slamming the door on Visual FoxPro development and say they’ll release, “kinda/sorta a lot of the source”. You can’t be kinda/sorta virgin or pregnant. You either are, or you aren’t.)

    Digg stock climbs 14.625 points on the Weenie Stock Exchange. Before long, they’ll probably have a stock split.

  13. Kristopher said on May 2, 2007 at 7:15 am
  14. Chap said on May 2, 2007 at 5:10 am

    This is my favorite number (in Base 36): L96O54KFN6HZ7PT164DQFLJ4

    Warning: Converting my favorite number to Base 16 may be hazardous to your health.

  15. jaduncan said on May 2, 2007 at 12:19 am

    In fact I just started a blog about the legal side.


  16. HexCode said on May 1, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Send an eCard of that famous Hex Number. (3rd eCard on the page)


  17. Marius van Witzenburg said on May 1, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    @mikey, yes, run for it before they catch you haha :P

  18. mikey said on May 1, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve seen this number so much now I have it memorized. Does the MPAA own part of my brain now?

  19. 09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0 said on May 1, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Sorry, I meant to say 15,000 diggs. 15,000.

  20. 09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0 said on May 1, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Digg has been disabling accounts and deleting stories. They took down a story that got about 3000 diggs because the key was the main focus of the story. This is getting retarded

  21. kdehead said on May 1, 2007 at 9:28 am

    11,000(!!!!) diggs and rising…


    the entire world will know that number at this rate.

  22. Rikki said on May 1, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Smooth. Love it!

  23. Seb said on April 30, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Stupid- they only got more publicity from it!

  24. Marius van Witzenburg said on April 30, 2007 at 9:17 am

    You can add another website to that list lol :P

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