Digg Takes A Stand On HD-DVD Piracy


Posted May 2, 2007 - By Eugene Morton

The blog site Digg has had its hands full dealing with a host of legal problems lately, mostly cease-and-desist orders from motion picture studios because of multiple user postings of the AACS processing key (the serial number which allows users to break the decryption on HD-DVDs).

In compliance with requests by AACS copyright holders (and the site’s own terms of use) Digg removed any and all posts that contained information, namely processing keys which would bolster HD-DVD piracy. However, as of late there have been so many posts containing such information that Digg has changed its tune and decided to allow its users to post the processing keys.

The founder of Digg, Kevin Rose had this to say: “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 those giant, brass balls. 

Blogs.pcworld.com: HD-DVD Processing Key Ignites Digg Firestorm 

Digg Takes A Stand On HD-DVD Piracy


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