Wow this was huge. In case you slept under a rock today you surely know that tons of HD-DVD encryption codes began to circulate all over the internet (like this one: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56- c5-63-56-88-c0). Almost immediately these codes spread like wildfires through the blogsphere and onto Digg. Post after post featured another link to the codes, resulting in a cease and desist declaration against Digg. At first Kevin Rose and team determined that they would oblige and remove the posts. Almost immediately the story’s began popping back up and begin dug in the ten’s of thousands at which point Digg decided to let the users have at it and no cease and desist was going to stop them (or if it does at least they went down fighting, with the users in control).
Moving forward Digg/Kevin have made this promise:
“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.”
What do you think? Should Digg have left the posts alive from the beginning? Will Digg have to shortly dig their own grave? Why do these companies keep letting encryption codes leak?