Digg is digging its own grave

The colorful pile of user-submitted shit, better known as Digg, issued a little PR message regarding the recent censorship of HD-DVD decryption techniques. Nevermind the fact that these articles got upwards of 15 thousand votes or “diggs”, and were by far the most popular topics of the past week.

This is a bad thing, a very bad thing.

Digg is the largest community of its kind, and that puts it in an ideal position to fight the good fight against the ridiculous legislation of the internet. Back in 2001, a similar issue was raised when DVD decryption software was released, the infamous “DeCSS” tool. The site hosting links was none other than 2600.com, one of the oldest and largest hacker communities in the world. At least they fought, because they knew it was in everyone’s best interests to do so, everyone but the DVD companies that is. They lost in court and were ordered to remove all links to DVD ripping software. Since then, billions of dollars have been pissed away in courts while the DVD industry threw lawyers at everyone who dared challenge their business model. They have spurred technological progress by backing up their weak copy protection scheme with fierce legal battles that enriched no one but their lawyers, and implementing ridiculous licensing fees that effectively prevent all but the largest multinationals from creating and distributing original content.

The same thing is about to happen with HD-DVD and BluRay. Sweeping it under the rug won’t make it go away. They’re going to pull the same dirty tricks to protect the video cartel and their obsolete business practices.

EDIT: Digg founder Kevin Rose has reversed this decision. “They will stop deleting articles and comments featuring the AACS key code.”  One small step for Digg…

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