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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

Tags: youtubedl

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  1. [4]
    Thra11
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    If you're interested, it's worth looking at the counter notice from the EFF which the article links to: it's quite readable.

    If you're interested, it's worth looking at the counter notice from the EFF which the article links to: it's quite readable.

    12 votes
    1. pseudolobster
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      My favorite part is this very apt Tolkien reference:

      My favorite part is this very apt Tolkien reference:

      To borrow an analogy from literature, travelers come upon a door that has writing in a foreign language. When translated, the writing says "say 'friend' and enter." The travelers say "friend" and the door opens. As with the writing on that door, YouTube presents instructions on accessing video streams to everyone who comes asking for it.

      7 votes
    2. [2]
      skybrian
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      It seems like the next move is likely to be that YouTube switches at least some videos to using Widevine DRM.

      It seems like the next move is likely to be that YouTube switches at least some videos to using Widevine DRM.

      4 votes
      1. Deimos
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        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...

        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)

        4 votes
  2. Shahriar
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    Interesting take from that article is GitHub's new developer defense fund.

    Interesting take from that article is GitHub's new developer defense fund.

    Nonetheless, developers who want to push back against unwarranted takedowns may face the risk of taking on personal liability and legal defense costs. To help them, GitHub will establish and donate $1M to a developer defense fund to help protect open source developers on GitHub from unwarranted DMCA Section 1201 takedown claims. We will immediately begin working with other members of the community to set up this fund and take other measures to collectively protect developers and safeguard developer collaboration.

    9 votes
  3. [5]
    suspended
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    I, sincerely, had a hunch from the outset that this was going to happen.

    I, sincerely, had a hunch from the outset that this was going to happen.

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      tindall
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      It's the process - someone makes a claim, the safe-harbor-protected provider has to take the content down. Someone makes a counterclaim, they're generally supposed to put it back up. If the RIAA...

      It's the process - someone makes a claim, the safe-harbor-protected provider has to take the content down. Someone makes a counterclaim, they're generally supposed to put it back up. If the RIAA really wants to keep it off GitHub, they'll have to take the EFF to court. GitHub has no liability here.

      6 votes
      1. [3]
        suspended
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        What do you believe the probability is that the RIAA will take the EFF to court?

        What do you believe the probability is that the RIAA will take the EFF to court?

        2 votes
        1. tindall
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          Pretty low. This is, in my view, a clear abuse of the DMCA safe-harbor takedown process.

          Pretty low. This is, in my view, a clear abuse of the DMCA safe-harbor takedown process.

          6 votes
        2. TheJorro
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          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...

          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.

          3 votes