The end of Digg is nigh?

Written by Joe Martin

May 2, 2007 | 15:44

Tags: #blue-ray #community #democracy #hd-dvd #kevin-rose #law #lawsuit #revolt #users

Companies: #digg

The Digg community has risen up recently and has been showing online communities everywhere just what a lot of otherwise unconnected geeks can do when they set their minds to a task.

For those not in the Digg loop, I'll elaborate. Not long ago a news story got pushed up on Digg.com that detailed how the HD DVD decryption keys had been found out. A take down order was issued by those affected and the link was removed. That, normally would have been the end of it.

Not for Digg though.

Instead, Digg users united and began flooding the site with the reposted link, garlanding their efforts with Digg upon Digg. CEO, Jay Adelson, tried to respond to it all via a blog post, stating that; "Whether you agree or disagree with the policies of the intellectual property holders and consortiums, in order for Digg to survive, it must abide by the law", but it did little to stem the tide.

Faced with having to take drastic measures to salvage the situation Digg's founder, Kevin Rose, released another blog post regarding the situation. In the end he came out and gave the following announcement:

"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. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying."

It's beautiful to watch true democracy in action, even if the following lawsuits might spell the end of Digg.com.

Reckon the Digg community has doomed itself, or think the HD DVD guys were all bluff anyway? Let us know in the forums, after you Digg the story of course.
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