Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

From Kevin Rose (founder of DIGG):
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.

Digg on,


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John Gruber of Daring Fireball poignantly states:

I love the way that these MPAA fools think they can turn this key back into a secret using lawyers.

Exactly - if the key is already out there - what is the use of making people take it down other than to pretend it didn't happen.The only people that will use the key are the very people that KNOW HOW TO - those people also KNOW WHERE TO GET IT regardless of what site or source publishes it. Does the MPAA think they can censor instant message/newsgroups/snail mail?

Here's the saga as reported by Slashdot:

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