GitHub has reinstated youtube-dl's repository - Answers about the DMCA and why GitHub handled this case the way they did, along with plans to improve in the future
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- Standing up for developers: youtube-dl is back - The GitHub Blog
- Nov 16 2020
- Word count
- 1676 words
My favorite part is this very apt Tolkien reference:
It seems like the next move is likely to be that YouTube switches at least some videos to using Widevine DRM.
And on that topic, Google had a Widevine-related repo (and a lot of forks) taken down from GitHub last week.
I thought this post from the Software Freedom Conservatory that discusses both these takedowns was good: A Modest Proposal In The New Age of DMCA Takedown Aggression (submitted to Tildes here)
Interesting take from that article is GitHub's new developer defense fund.
The RIAA's entire case seemed predicated around popular distribution avenue's explicitly advertising the ability to download hit chart-topping pop songs. Without that, I doubt they would be as interested to the point of gearing up for a long litigation process.