This isn't a DMCA takedown. It's a cease and desist letter citing the DMCA.*
The difference matters. GitHub is required to honor DMCA takedowns. Other legal requests are granted on a case by case basis.*
-- /u/telionn @ reddit
As I understand, takedown is a 17 USC 512 (copyright infringement) safe-harbour, but not a required or indemnifying protection under 17 USC 1201, anti-circumvention:
Lumen (Chilling Effects) is silent on this point in their FAQ: https://lumendatabase.org/topics/14
@thomasfuchs @dredmorbius @micahflee
It is objectively bullshit. youtube-dl is not helping circumvent "effective technological measures". It can extract the links to the streams from webpages. It can not break DRM.
Anyone could find those links by opening the built-in network inspector of a browser and run ffmpeg -i <url> -map 0 -c copy stream.ts
It's clearly a case for the EFF.
It's easy to understand why they chose not to cite a finnish court ruling from 2007, who said this about a real DRM protection, CSS (DVD).
"CSS protection can no longer be considered an effective technological measure referred to in the law. A consequence of this is that the constituent elements of a misdemeanour of violating a technological measure are not fulfilled. Therefore the charge must be dismissed."
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