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by Kevin Rose at 9pm, May 1st, 2007 in Digg Website
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.
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Digg is among the most prominent of hundreds of websites that rely on users to provide content, which attracts audiences and advertising revenue. Similarly designed sites include YouTube, the user-generated video company that was bought by Google last year for $1.65bn.
When justifying its initial action that censored posts containing the copyrighted security code, Digg had said that, to survive, it had to respect demands of the intellectual property holders. Jay Adelson, co-founder and chief executive of Digg, said it had not consulted with its investors, which include Pierre Omidyar, an Ebay founder, and Greylock Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital group, about the about-face change announced by Kevin Rose.
“Investors in Digg have really empowered management to make those sorts of decisions,” he said. “We understand there is a risk of a suit that’s out there but…there is a pretty strong argument that this information is in the public domain. At this point what we’re going to do is get back to work, get back to democratising media and empowering our users,” he stated.
The corporate founders of AACS, the group backing the secority code, include Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Walt Disney. So far, they have declined comment.