Microsoft’s own source code repository, GitHub, removed the repository for youtube-dl, a popular command line script that can be used to download videos from YouTube and many other videos from the Internet, following a DMCA deactivation letter sent by the Industry Association of America.
By doing BriefThe RIAA said: “We have learned that your service hosts the youtube-dl source code on its network in the following locations, among others (a list of URLs follows).”
It added, “The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) bypass the technological protections used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings from our member companies without permission from such use.
“We notice that the source code on GitHub is described as a“ command line tool to download videos from YouTube.com and a few other sites.
After discovering numerous suspected copyright violations committed by users of the script, the RIAA said, “In view of the copyright and circumvention violations mentioned above, we ask that you immediately disable access to the youtube-dl source code and disable its” Locations it is hosted on GitHub including, without limitation, the locations in the representative list above. ”
GitHub’s official statement said, “If you are the repository owner and you believe that your repository has been disabled due to an error or misidentification, you have the right to counter and restore the repository.”
The RIAA has not commented on the YouTube mobile app having a download command that can do the same thing as youtube-dl. There are numerous other ways to download videos from YouTube as well.
Twitter has exploded with comments from annoyed usersSome of them have posted the youtueb-dl source on their websites in response to the GitHub promotion, with one person encoding the source into two images that are shared on Twitter.
Microsoft acquired GitHub in June 2018 for $ 7.5 billion (A $ 9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock. Lots of GitHub users soon after the deal said They would move their repositories from GitHub if Microsoft didn’t stop working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service.
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