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1. Editor's Note: Digg Does The Right Thing
2. Today's Top Story
- Digg Yields To The Wrath Of The Crowd
- HD DVD/Blu-ray Decryption Key Widely Posted Online
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- Tech Workers Were In A Great Mood About Jobs Last Month
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- New System Finds And Fixes Java, C++ Bugs
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- Microsoft Eyes 'Strong Growth' For Windows Mobile
- Vonage Cites High Court Ruling In Appealing Patent Fight With Verizon
- Sun Says Testing Of Rock Processor Ahead Of Schedule
- U.S. Tech Firms Dabble Offshore, But Keep Most Workers Here
- Steve Jobs To Keynote Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference
- Apple Fixes 'Highly Critical' QuickTime Bug
- Second Life Founder Outlines Plans For Global Domination
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- E-Gold's Chairman Spoke Out Against Cybercrime, Until He Got Caught
- You Aren't Safe. Get Over It.
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1. Editor's Note: Digg Does The Right Thing
Digg found itself in the middle of a classic journalistic dilemma Tuesday, and it made a decision that gives me hope for the future of journalism on the Internet: It decided that its first obligation was to the free flow of information. It's especially interesting since Digg was responding to a censorship demand based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, because it came on the same day that Google invoked the DMCA as a defense in a similar case. Wouldn't it be ironic justice if the DMCA, which Hollywood bought from Congress in 1998, turns out to be the Internet's best defense against Hollywood?
Digg's troubles began with posts on its site that included the encryption key that unlocks the Advanced Access Content System , the digital rights management scheme designed to prevent the copying of HD DVD and Blu-ray disks, legal and otherwise. Digg got a lawyer letter from the AACS Licensing Administration demanding that it censor the posts. It complied and put up a blog post early Tuesday afternoon announcing its decision. The action set off something of a firestorm among Digg's audience, and last night the founder of Digg posted a second blog entry that announced Digg had changed its mind and would stop removing posts that contain the key.
I've got several questions about the whole thing. First and foremost, why in the world would the AACS Licensing Administration pull such a bone-headed move? The net result (pun intended) has been to propagate the encryption key far beyond its previously limited distribution. (Techdirt.com has a great entry that calls this the Streisand Effect.)
Second, I'd love to see the letter from the lawyers, to know exactly what they're basing their claim of DMCA violation on.
Finally, I wonder where this leaves us. It's not news that the DMCA is very, very bad law. It was Hollywood's sneak attack on the legal doctrine of fair use.
Read my blog post to get my take on the Digg/AACS Licensing Administration controversy and let me know what you think.
Digg Yields To The Wrath Of The Crowd
Digg users would rather see the site go down fighting than give in to censorship, so Digg officials say they will no longer delete posts that contain a code that cracks encryption on high-definition disks.
Second Life Founder Outlines Plans For Global Domination
Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab, talked about the company and service's open source plans, future business model, and stability problems, and he fielded questions about whether Linden Lab is open to being acquired by Google or anybody else.
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E-Gold's Chairman Spoke Out Against Cybercrime, Until He Got Caught
I read with great interest about a Washington, D.C., federal grand jury's decision late last week to indict E Gold Ltd., Gold & Silver Reserve Inc., and the owners of these digital currency businesses on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. I recently served on a grand jury in Brooklyn, so I know the joke about being able to indict a ham sandwich to be true (the most circumstantial of evidence will get your case sent to trial).
You Aren't Safe. Get Over It.
The latest news to add to the list of online perils to be paranoid about comes courtesy of The Washington Post. Virus writers apparently have a new scheme for distributing malicious code: purchasing popular Google keywords and publishing ads that purport to lead users to legitimate Web sites. Some of the keywords the tricksters bought include "BBB" (for Better Business Bureau) and "Cars.com."
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