Friday, 4 May 2007

The Digg dilemma continues...

Digg have been hit with a dilemma regarding the HD-DVD encryption key being cracked. I have read that this was done months ago and has already been spread throughout the online community, apparently it only works with Linux and not the PC (yet anyways). Kevin Rose owner of Digg was sent a C&D letter regarding the issue to take down any posts and comments that had this code in them... Well he did and the Digg community didnt like it and started a revolt by posting the code as much as possible weather it be as normal text or within songs and pictures.... Since the revolt by the Digg users Keven announced that he will not remove posts by the users (as this is what Digg is, a community driven freedom of speech site) and they will fight as best as they can, they would rather fight the big corporation's....

Here is Kevin Rose's blog post on the matter Diggs Blog

Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Digg on,


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