All current HD-DVDs are encrypted using the same 32 digit code. This code was, until very recently, top secret. And then, it wasn't. It was leaked. It was everywhere... but only for a second. Many pages and sites it appeared on went down rapidly.
Digg was inundated with people spreading this code - though hardly anyone would have the first idea how to go on and implement it. This must have been one of the busiest days in Digg history. So, of course, they came under fire. And here's their statement, making their official stance on the matter clear.
Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…
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.
If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.
KevinNow, using this code in anyway to pirate HD-DVDs - that would be wrong. That's my stance. But I can think of plenty of legitimate uses, if pushed. Back up copies would be the most obvious. Being able to rip short sections that then can be used fairly would be another.
I don't have the code, myself. Nor do I have the know-how to use it, anyway.