Digg going crazy with HD-DVD Stories

Digg.com is a great social news website where the users choose which content they want to see on the front page.

Yesterday the digg community went crazy when a user profile and a couple of stories submitted contained the decryption key for HD-DVDs. Within hours digg was flooded with stories about the decryption key and about digg taking it down

This is a picture of the top stories in all categories during the fiasco:

Every single story is in relation to the problem.

I think that what they did was a little dumb and I think that if they had any problem with it they could be safe legally under dmca safe harbor but I’m not a lawyer.

Well, here are the 3 stories at the top from all categories from this picture:
What’s Happening with HD-DVD Stories?
“Digg Banned me for Typing a Number!”
Was it Worth it, Digg?

Digg had to make a statement about what they are going to do about it and what they think about the situation. They said in the top story above that they were sent take down notices and decide to comply. Then later in the link below they decided to not take down any more stories including the key, saying:

“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’s Decision

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