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Github removes Youtube-DL per RIAA DMCA threat


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Progman

@whoknows @atom0s @notkult The saga continues:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/github-reinstates-youtube-dl-library-after-eff-intervention/

"But in a blog post today, GitHub said the library did not actually break Section 1201 of the DMCA, citing a letter it received from Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers, who to take up the youtube-dl project's case.

In the letter, the EFF team explained that Google does not have any technical measures in place to prevent the download of its videos — all of which need to be made freely available to all kinds of apps, browsers, smart TVs, and more.

Hence, EFF lawyers argued that the library could never be taken down under Section 1201 of the DMCA since the library doesn't actually circumvent any sort of copyright protection system in the first place."

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Teddy Rogers
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The entire youtube-dl case caught the eye of the entire open-source community ever since GitHub's October enforcement. Many developers and legal experts felt that RIAA had abused the DMCA mechanism to take down a perfectly legitimate tool.

Exactly my thoughts when I read about this. A bit of an overreach was my first thought by the RIAA though not uncommon for this organisation...

Ted,

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Kurapica

Those guys must be politicians, the way they justified their dictatorship in removing, it is funny :D

I'm happy it's back, kinda gives a tiny hope that people can still make a change.

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