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Kevin Rose on Diggnation Revolt

Digg Founder Kevin Rose looks unbruised in this video of me interviewing him at last week’s AlwaysOn OnHollywood event on a news panel, which also included the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and TMZ.com’s Alan Citron. This, despite the digital pummeling he and the social-networking news site had gotten the day before, after the site’s hyper-involved users rebelled against the removal of stories that had been dug, because they contained a secret DVD encryption key.

When lawyers for Digg advised removing them, execs did, but then reversed themselves after users hijacked the site with masses of stories about the key. Rose promised online and here not to back down anymore to those annoying little things called laws.

But you can see for yourself:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work