So for those of you who aren't frequent visitors to Digg, there's a story that's been circulating all week on Digg and other hacker websites where HD-DVD decryption keys were posted. Digg admins have been killing the stories, but they keep popping back up in one form or another in fact one got 16,000 diggs before it was sent to digg heaven. It got so bad Digg had to address the issue publicaly What’s Happening with HD-DVD Stories?
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.
Stories are now beginning to circulate of Diggers getting annoyed because the 'the man' is cracking down on them and how it might be time to move along and find a new home. You'll excuse me if I find the entire situation rather amusing.
Hat Tip to Geek in Paradise