GitHub has removed the ability to access youtube-dl's source code due to a DMCA request by the RIAA

... The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use. We note that the source code is described on GitHub as “a command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites.” ...

Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"

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Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly:

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997):

Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:

Strategically / tactically, the most interesting aspect of the RIAA attack on youtube-dl to me is that it puts Microsoft on the spot to show its true colours. Is it Friend of Free Software, or Copyright Maximalist?

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@dredmorbius Also interesting: Given they're now arguing that YouTube is DRM, did they need to get the W3C to standardize EME?

@dredmorbius Seeing them cite DMCA 1201 against YouTube downloaders which I can watch without using EME or other plugins, leaves me questioning where the lines are being drawn on what qualifies as DRM.

I guess this highlights that DRM is really a legal construct masquarading as a technological one!



DRM is really a legal construct masquarading as a technological one!

Yes, this, exactly.

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