Digg digs itself into a potential legal hole

Digg.com, a useful blogging and `look at this' Web portal, has got itself into potential hot water over its apparent refusal to remove references to stories that include an HD-DVD protection decryption code.

According to newswire reports, Digg's operators have apparently given in to user demands to allow the story to be published, rejecting a legal notice from an anti-piracy movie industry group.

"You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company," said company founder Kevin Rose in a prepared statement.

Previously, Digg.com deleted pages containing the hacking code based on a cease and desist declaration from an anti-piracy consortium.

"If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying," Rose is quoted as saying in one report.

Well, sorry Kevin, I think you've made a commercial mistake, as, laudable though your intentions are, you've effectively set yourself up as a legal fall guy in much the same way as Kazaa's founders did a good few years ago.

I just hope that Digg.com's founders have a backup second company up their sleeves, along with a pre-registered and memorable second Web site address (fx: hint, hint)...