Sunday, May 6, 2007

Diggers: The Power of a Crowd

Recently there has been quite a flurry of activity on, an internet site aggregating page rankings and summarizing links. A situation arose in which an encryption key used in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray anti-copying technology was posted on numerous pages. received several cease-and-desist letters, and made efforts to remove links to the encryption code.

Diggers rioted.

They furiously posted about the rights of users to display and link the information, and they protested the lengths in which the content industries have been overzealous in their IP protection. responded to the posts and has decided to allow the encryption code to remain on the site. They claim that they would rather go down fighting than cave in to censorship.

As for the encryption code, it goes down in cyberhistory. You can even buy the T-shirt:

I WANT MY HD-DVD 09-f9-11-02-9d-74 e3-5b-d8-41-5..

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