As a firestorm rages, Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, responds. Faced with a cease and desist letter, the site admins pulled a story off the site. In response to this action, many in the Digg comunity have revolted, and have flooded the site with the very key that caused the letter to land on Digg's doorstep. Here is Kevin's post:
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.
To the staff of Digg, I can only hope those who demanded your heads will turn that energy towards the bigger potential threat on the horizon. They said "give me liberty or give me death", the later part may be something folks will have to deal with. There is a reason people have to pay attention to letters like that, just ask Napster, Kazza, and countless torrent sites. Bravo Kevin, for stepping up to the plate and offering to take one for the team. Its just hope and pray Digg.com doesn't become a sacrificial lamb.