This is a little bit on the geekier side of things than my usual posts, but I think it might have some important impact. The number you see above and below:
09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0 (Link to coolest # pic ever)
Is a hexadecimal number that allows the copying of HD-DVD’s. it was posted at Digg.com and later deleted by the Digg staff in an effort to appease their sponsor who is calling publishing of the code an infringement of intellectual property rights. Now the number is showing up in post after post at Digg and they are banning members left and right in an effort to get things under control. It is a revolt against intellectual property rights. Here is my position…fuck intellectual property rights. I am a creative person, what I create can be stolen…so be it. If that happens, I can create more, the person who stole it cannot create more of what I can create. This goes for music, writing, code, or anything else. I support file sharing, copying of music, movies, and anything else, and all of the above. Go ahead, steal my creations. You won’t be able to show that you created them first and if you can make some money off of what I have done, I am sure that the effect on my ego will be more than enough to make up for it. Below is an excerpt to the story I found and a link:
The founders of Digg.com – which has been rocked by an unprecedented user revolt over the release of an HD-DVD decryption code – accepted sponsorship from the organization behind HD-DVD last year.
Episodes of the DiggNation video show were sponsored by the HD DVD Promotion Group. DiggNation is produced by Revision3, a company run by Digg founders, Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose. Rose is also a co-host of the DiggNation show. The image below shows the HD DVD logo displayed at the beginning of one such episode.
During the past 24 hours, Digg administrators have apparently deleted dozens of stories which included references to the HD DVD decryption code. These included one story which appeared poised to become the most popular ever seen on Digg, with almost 16000 votes within 20 hours. Administrators have also apparently begun deleting stories criticizing their actions, and also banned numerous members – according to angry statements posted by Digg users on the site and elsewhere.