Digg today has been flooded by a 128-bit integers whether attached to the title of the story or included on the summary of the story. I don’t know what to call it. Is it how the Digg users express its sentiments on how Digg manages the site? Is it a kind of revolution? A coup d’etat?
Okay, here’s how it started:
When Digg noticed the HD DVD encyption key posted on stories submitted to Digg, Digg removed them because according to Jay Adelson, it’s against the term of Digg.
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.
And after that…. almost all stories submitted to Digg contains that key and are sent to the frontpage.
I understand why Digg removed those stories which contain that key. Maybe AACSLA emailed them to remove them just like what the Freedom To Tinker tells us here.
The key has been published on a few websites for months, but in recent days the AACS “Licensing Authority” (AACS LA) has taken to sending out demand letters to websites that publish the key, claiming that the key is a circumvention technology under the DMCA. News of these demand letters, and the subsequent disappearance of content and whole sites from the Net, has triggered an entirely predictable backlash, with thousands of people reposting the key to their own sites.
However, I am also thinking that the real reason why other users revolted might be because Digg removed other users account related to those stories containing the said key.
However, Digg.com has also removed accounts related toward those stories and comments posted about the HD DVD encryption key being cracked. (Crunch Gear)
Neil Patel called it “Bullshit” and suggested that Digg should follow what Netscape did using the Voting and Burying features of the site, instead of removing the stories and the users that submitted them. It’s a clear way of moving away to democracy.