Digging around for the HD-DVD key

I have just read this story over at the Australian (newspaper). Very interesting, it seems that the Digg members are up in arms about censorship and the deleting of posts because of an advertisers say so. Remember the so-called hacking is also use so Linux users can ply these disks on their systems – As far as I know, even playing DVD movies on linux is illegal because you need to have the key for that as well.

I don’t understand why anyDVD software is available, doesn’t it do the same? (great software BTW)

One of the world’s most popular technology news websites collapsed today after a revolt by its users.

Digg.com was unavailable this afternoon after users began attacking the site after it censored stories reporting how to hack high-definition DVD discs. Digg is a so-called “social news” site that publishes stories and ranks them according to votes by its users.

When the DVD hacking story was taken down, users rebelled and began re-submitting the stories by the thousands. The site soon collapsed under the weight of the attack.

But Digg founder Kevin Rose, who made the decision to pull the reports off the site, later joined users in agreeing to not allow censorship in the future.

“After seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear,” Mr Rose said on his blog. “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.”

A blog on TEXYT linked to from the website claimed the founders of Digg had previously accepted sponsorship from a company called HD-DVD Promotion Group. According to the blog, an online video program run by the site’s founders Mr Rose and Jay Adelson was sponsored by the group and the HD-DVD logo was displayed at the start of one episode as a “pre-roll” advertisement.

The key that is needed is available just about anywhere – a quick search (via Digg of all things) even came up with the key on a T-shirt!

HD DVD key shirt

Edit – TechChee has some more pics and info at his site. Check out the church one.

8 Responses to “Digging around for the HD-DVD key”

  1. 1 mickreal
    May 2, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    This is a good demonstration of how powerful online communities can be. In particular when there is a worthy cause.

    Also due to the large numbers of people involved this was spread very quickly and was able to have quite a large impact on Digg. This has proven to be a major drawback of these large and popular user managed social networks.

  2. May 3, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Goldcoaster – thanks for comming to the site and diggin’ around. Thanks for the Technorati thing – you are now in both my Google Reader and Technorati Favs. Have a great day…AM

  3. May 7, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Nice one! I like the t-shirt!

  4. May 9, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    hahhaha…that t-shirt is great! 😀

  5. May 9, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    oh btw i faved u back 🙂

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