HD DVD crack sparks Digg user rebellion

Apple Store“Attempts to gag the blogosphere from publishing details of a DVD crack have led to a user revolt,” The BBC reports.

“The row centred on a ‘cease and desist’ letter sent by the body that oversees the digital rights management technology on high-definition DVDs,” The Beeb reports.

The Beeb reports, “It requested that blogs and websites removed details of a software key that breaks the encryption on HD-DVDs.”

“The removal of the information from community news website Digg was a step too far for its fans,” The Beeb reports.

The Beeb reports, “As quickly as stories relating to the issue were removed, they were re-submitted in their thousands, in an act described by one user as a ’21st century revolt.’ The site collapsed under the weight of the attack at one point.”

Full article here.

Digg founder Kevin Rose responded in a post titled, “Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0,” writing:

Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. 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.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

116 Comments

  1. When will these Copy protection/DRM loving idiots ever learn. Copy protection has only one purpose, and that is for someone out there to break it. It’s always been that way, and it always will be that way.

  2. High Definition is just another way to sell the same content over again. Using draconian DRM is going to doom both flavors of High Definition.

    Releasing the hack into the wild may just save the two formats in spite of the industry’s attempt to kill them at birth.

  3. Can’t wait till enough idiots demand free bread and gas and clothes. Communism doesn’t work and the people who work hard trying to make money in the hd-dvd business should be able to set the terms for their product.

    What a lame move by digg, they caved in to pressure from their users in an attempt to not cave in to pressure from another source. That’s not heroic, just misguided.

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