Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Digging those HD-DVD cracks?

So after initially pulling stories on the HD DVD encryption key being cracked, Digg has bowed to pressure which brought the site to its knees yesterday and stopped censoring stories on the topic that include the keys.
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... - Kevin Rose
Considering how much of a nothing this is, the key is out in the public domain now and anyone that would actually know what to do with it can find it if they want to, the amount of publicity this has generated is astounding.

You only have to look at Google News or Digg itself, to see how much fuss this has kicked off. But the question is, will the MPAA AACS be stupid enough to prosecute and will Kevin have to go down fighting? Or can even the MPAA AACS see when the jig is up...?

Update: Never underestimate corporate stupidity,
It started out as a circumvention effort six to eight weeks ago but we now see the key on YouTube and on T-Shirts...a line is crossed when we start seeing keys being distributed and tools for circumvention. You step outside of the realm of protected free speech then. - Michael Ayers
Do they really think they can put the genie back in the bottle?

Update: I guess it doesn't look like it, does it?