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We’re all for digression in the comments, but when we saw that cryptic alphanumeric sequence posted in response to Kelly Clarkson’s “Never Again” clip, our curiosity was piqued. Security code to Kelly’s garage? An encoded message regarding the song’s deeper, much more profound meaning (ha)? Some google sleuthing later, we came upon our answer.

Via TechCrunch:

To say what happened today on Digg was a ?user revolt? is an understatement. The Digg team deleted a story that linked to the decryption key for HD DVDs after receiving a take down demand and all hell broke loose. More stories appeared and were deleted, and users posting the stories were suspended.

That just got the Digg community fired up, and soon the entire Digg home page was filled with stories containing the decryption key. The users had taken control of the site, and unless Digg went into wholesale deletion mode and suspended a large portion of their users, there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop it.

Co-founder Kevin Rose posted this on the Digg blog:

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.

In case you need a mnemonic device so as to hack DVDs on the fly … someone wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go…