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May 05, 2007

Digg, Techememe, Microsoft & Yahoo

Whilst wondering what was on Techmeme after hearing on the grapevine that Digg's founder Kevin Rose is now backing the Digg community and are now ignoring a 'Cease and Desist' declaration by the AACS regarding a DRM decryption code for HD-DVD's that is traveling around the internet Kevin Rose himself has posted the decryption key on the Digg Blog.

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.

You can check out many of the conversations going on by having a look at the top stories on Digg for the past 7 days that shows this is old news, actually only 2 days ago though wondering what the blogosphere might have been talking about this issue I jumped over to TechMeme to see a the page full of blogger's and news sites talking about a  Microsoft/Yahoo US$50 Billion merger though the Wall Street Journal reports the discussion is over for now.

Off for some leisurely reading now...

Posted by Stephen at May 5, 2007 01:07 PM

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Regarding the 'Cease and Desist' declaration by the AACS regarding a DRM decryption code for HD-DVD's
it was mentioned on the http://www.twit.tv/TWiT podcast that Cory Doctorow complied with the take down notice on his site and replaced the content with the take down notice itself, which contained the offending number. Talk about LOL

Posted by: Pacmanj at May 8, 2007 07:42 PM

Reading the Pwned blog of the class at the University of Southern California where Cory Doctorow has had a writing and teaching residency and it was one of the links that the AACS requested Google to remove as a breach of the DCMA.
The irony of course in the take down notice to Google is the issue that the AACS has also breached the DMCA itself in that in the document filed the AACS lists the key themselves as the key forms part of one of the URL's that was requested to be removed.

You can follow along the journey at Wikipedia at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AACS_encryption_key_controversy
and the corresponding talk page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:AACS_encryption_key_controversy

Posted by: Stephen [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2007 06:08 AM