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 YouTube.com and a few more sites.” ...

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Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee nitter.net/micahflee/status/13

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"
zdnet.com/article/riaa-blitz-t

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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old.reddit.com/r/youtubedl/com

Reddit search: old.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/s

Nitter/Birbsite: nitter.net/search?f=tweets&q=y

Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly: joindiaspora.com/posts/7bfcf17

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997): gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-re

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The ZDNet reports this is part of a larger action:

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

and isn't a DMCA 512 takedown:

Although GitHub classified the RIAA letter as a DMCA takedown request, it is not one. As Public Knowledge Legal Director John Bergmayer pointed out today on Twitter, RIAA isn't alleging the library infringed on its rights, but that the library is illegal in itself.

This isn’t really a DMCA request. I don’t see an assertion that youtube-dl is an infringing work. Rather the claim is that it’s illegal per se t.co/vQ16nVleCf

— John Bergmayer (@bergmayer) October 23, 2020

zdnet.com/article/riaa-blitz-t

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