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May 2, 2007

Digg Unsupresses Hi-Def Decryption Key Stories

News aggregator Digg has defied the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACSLA) by allowing postings that contain the encryption key to high definition DVD content protection.  This is a reversal from the stand taken a day earlier when they complied with a cease and desist order to take down posts referencing the number.  the Digg community responded to that by posting the number or reeferences to it in excess.  That's when Digg decided to go with the flow.

There's nothing like an attempt to supress information that riles up individuals to make them want to spread it more.  An article in Information Week suggests that at least 22,000 results offering the code is available through popular search engines.  This should grow, partially thanks to the efforts of the AACSLA to supress the information.  Some note that the number by itself is useless to the average consumer.  Sure, but the enterprising coder can create the application that can also spread like wildfire on the web.  There are easy enough tools available for DeCSS for the first generation of DVDs.  It's just a matter of time before stable tools arrive for the next generation. 

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