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Digg Yields To The Wrath Of The Crowd 3

Digg users would rather see the site go down fighting than give in to censorship.
When the owners of Web site Digg tried to stop community members from posting a 32-digit number used to decrypt HD DVD and Blu- ray video, the community responded with an act of Internet civil disobedience, flooding the site with posts containing the number.

It started with a quixotic quest: trying to unpublish the number that nullifies HD DVD and Blu-ray discs' digital lock. It's led by the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator, which licenses the technology to secure the discs. Code breakers published the key in February.


Digg founder Kevin Rose: We get it now

Digg founder Kevin Rose: We get it now
The AACSLA has been sending takedown notices to blog service providers in an effort to erase the number from the Web. It demanded Google remove four Blogspot.com Web pages with the number, and Google or the site publishers complied.

Digg--a site where the community votes for which articles get the highest play--tried the same path May 1 by removing posts that referenced the number and by banning those who failed to cooperate. But Digg members began linking to posts calling for the spread of the number and posting it as a comment in Digg stories and elsewhere. The movement spread to other sites, including Slashdot.

By that night, Digg founder Kevin Rose raised the white flag. "You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company," Rose said in a blog post. "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."

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