Digg’s Users Revolt Over Digg’s Decision to Remove Stories About HD DVD Key
May 2, 2007 by Gaman
In case you have not read this, today a massive number of Digg’s user came out in full force protesting over Digg’s decision to remove a story.
The story contains a HD-DVD processing key that could be used to unlock some of the latest HD-DVD titles that’s encrypted by the AACS content protection system.
Anyway, Digg received a cease and desist letter demanded them to remove stories containing the code.
Jay Adelson posted in Digg the Blog.
I just wanted to explain what some of you have been noticing around some stories that have been submitted to Digg on the HD DVD encryption key being cracked.
This has all come up in the past 24 hours, mostly connected to the HD-DVD hack that has been circulating online, having been posted to Digg as well as numerous other popular news and information websites. We’ve been notified by the owners of this intellectual property that they believe the posting of the encryption key infringes their intellectual property rights. In order to respect these rights and to comply with the law, we have removed postings of the key that have been brought to our attention.
Our goal is always to maintain a purely democratic system for the submission and sharing of information – and we want Digg to continue to be a great resource for finding the best content. However, in order for that to happen, we all need to work together to protect Digg from exposure to lawsuits that could very quickly shut us down.
Thanks for your understanding,
Then apparently most Digg’s users didn’t share this opinion and continued to revolt by posting multiple stories and digging them incessantly. Digg finally buckled under the pressure and forced to give the power back to the users. Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg writes
Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…
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 is a business and they did what they had to do by complying with the law to ensure Digg.com continues to serve its users.
I understand why they remove certain stories.Some people will accuse them as being undemocratic for doing this without thinking that Digg is the one who’s going to suffer the most if legal action were to be taken. Not those anonymous guys hiding behind an IP address clicking the mouse and thinking they were changing the world.
Sharing unlock keys for any software on the Internet is not about free speech, it’s stealing.
What if I submit your ATM card number on the Internet and argued that I have the right to free speech?
Anyway, at the end of the day the revolt is not about the code – it’s likely that it’s no longer working anyway – but it’s about censorship and the unlimited right to freedom of speech some digg’s users thought they should have.
I am sure quite a few of those who dugg the stories were suffering from the horde mentality syndrome – if everyone is digging it, I must digg it too.