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youtube-dl Removed From GitHub After DMCA Notice
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:41:26 PM »
Sad news, that really sucks!

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Friday night on the 23rd of October the ‘Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA)’ sent a DMCA request to GitHub asking that the popular YouTube downloading software ‘youtube-dl’ be taken down. GitHub responded as by immediately removing the repositories and 17 forked pieces of software from it’s site.

Most DMCA notices are regarding the unauthorised distribution of a particular piece of media, and they request that a media be taken down. This DMCA notice was different since it’s targeting tools that can be used to reproduce copyrighted media.

Youtube-DL is licensed under the Unlicense, an anti-copyright license that promises ownership of the software to the public domain. As such it is usually considered lawful to freely distribute the software itself. There are many other places you can find copies of this software besides the current maintainers GitHub page.

Links:
- YouTube-DL Removed From GitHub After DMCA Notice
- RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos
- The RIAA is coming for the YouTube downloaders

youtube-dl is a great tool used by many utilities like YAFFplayer.

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Angry youtube-dl users flood GitHub with new repos after takedown
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 06:44:17 PM »
Streisand effect...

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Users of the extremely popular YouTube-dl YouTube media downloader have flooded GitHub with new repositories containing the tool's source code after GitHub took down the project's repositories on Friday.

YouTube-dl is a command-line program that can be used to download multimedia content from YouTube and several other sites; before being removed, it used GitHub to host source code and compiled executables.

The utility is also used by journalists for various reporting tasks including downloading press releases, videos, and audio transcriptions.

On October 23, 2020, GitHub took down YouTube-dl's repositories due to a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) infringement notice filed by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an organization that represents the recording industry in the U.S.

Before being removed, YouTube-dl's repo was in the top 40 most starred GitHub repositories with more than 72,000 stars, between Node.js and Kubernetes.

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By targeting the project, the RIAA inadvertently exposed the project to a huge amount of new people given that YouTube-dl users and fans took to social media platforms and shared the story with tens of millions of other people.

As shown when doing a quick search for YouTube-dl, GitHub now hosts hundreds of new repositories containing the source code of the YouTube downloader or related to it (when using no search filters, thousands of such repos show up).

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- https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/angry-youtube-dl-users-flood-github-with-new-repos-after-takedown/

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GitHub Warns Users Reposting YouTube-DL They Could Be Banned
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 02:50:00 PM »
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When the RIAA filed a copyright complaint with Github targeting YouTube-DL, large numbers of angry developers and users aired their displeasure by reposting the contentious code to Github. While Github says it wants to help the project come back online, the platform is now warning that users reposting its code could find their accounts suspended and potentially banned.

Link: https://torrentfreak.com/github-warns-users-reposting-youtube-dl-they-could-be-banned-201102/

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youtube-dl is back on Github
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 06:20:31 PM »
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Today we reinstated youtube-dl, a popular project on GitHub, after we received additional information about the project that enabled us to reverse a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown.

At GitHub, our priority is supporting open source and the developer community. And so we share developers’ frustration with this takedown—especially since this project has many legitimate purposes. Our actions were driven by processes required to comply with laws like the DMCA that put platforms like GitHub and developers in a difficult spot. And our reinstatement, based on new information that showed the project was not circumventing a technical protection measure (TPM), was inline with our values of putting developers first. We know developers want to understand what happened here, and want to know how GitHub will stand up for developers and refine our processes on these issues.

In this post, we provide answers to common questions about the DMCA and why GitHub handled this case the way we did, describe why circumvention claims deserve special treatment, and share how we’re updating our policies and fighting to improve the law.

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- https://github.blog/2020-11-16-standing-up-for-developers-youtube-dl-is-back/