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A preferred device used for archiving YouTube movies, YouTube-dl, is gone from GitHub after the Recording Business Affiliation of America filed a declare arguing that the code is inherently unlawful beneath copyright legislation.

GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft, eliminated 18 tasks on Friday that beforehand hosted variations of YouTube-dl, a Python library that enables for the downloading of YouTube video and audio recordsdata. These repositories now show a message studying, “This repository is at present disabled because of a DMCA takedown discover. We have now disabled public entry to the repository.”

Though the discover is framed as a DMCA challenge, the takedown discover from the RIAA, dated Friday, doesn’t make declare that YouTube-dl is an act of copyright infringement. As an alternative, it alleges that the code itself is a violation of a distinct part of Us copyright legislation (in addition to German copyright legislation), as a result of the “clear function of this supply code is to… circumvent the technological safety measures utilized by licensed streaming companies resembling YouTube, and [to] reproduce and distribute music movies and sound recordings owned by our member firms with out authorization for such use.”

The RIAA discover particularly cites three examples supplied in YouTube-dl documentation and supply code that make reference to copyrighted music movies by Icona Pop, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift—all of whom are represented by RIAA-member labels—to again up the declare.

The reminiscence gap

The RIAA will not be improper that YouTube-dl exists as a technological workaround for streaming-only video, and it could be a lie to assert that no person makes use of it for serving to themselves less-than-lawfully to music tracks—individuals completely do. However YouTube-dl will not be solely designed for that function, because the RIAA alleges. Activists, historians, and content creators broadly use the device for legitimate archival functions as effectively.


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