AACS Encryption Key Can You Digg It, Yes
Digg users don’t like to be moderated. When Digg started moderating out references to AACS encryption keys, user blew a gasket.
Advanced Access Content System is the encryption scheme used to prevent users from ripping HD DVD and Blu-ray disks. As with any lock in the digital age it only takes time and creativity to break. The internet may offer a world without doors, but it also offers a communication medium to tell everyone about backdoors. Naturally the key made it into the wild. That’s where the fun began, as the AACS Licensing Administrator threatened legal action against Google, demanding they remove links about the code from their Blogger sites. Digg saw where this was heading and took action to remove its links. Bowing to user pressure however, Digg founder Kevin Rose has stated that references to the code will no longer be cut. Kevin went on to say “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.”