GitHub relisted the YouTube video download code and launched a $1 million defense fund

GitHub relisted the YouTube video download code and launched a $1 million defense fund


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GitHub today resumed the youtube-dl open source project, which is a Python library that allows users to download YouTube audio and video source files.

Last month, at the request of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), GitHub banned the popular open source project YouTube-dl. GitHub’s delisting of YouTube-dl angered developers, who copied and uploaded a large number of code copies on GitHub to protest the delisting.

In the DMCA removal letter, RIAA believes that the library is used to “circumvent technical protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and allow users to “copy and distribute music videos and recordings without authorization [. ..]”. RIAA also pointed out that the source code of the project “clearly recommended that it be used to copy and/or distribute the following copyrighted works”.

More specifically, the RIAA uses Article 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to claim that the youtube-dl library provides tools to circumvent copyrighted material and infringes copyright – even if the youtube-dl library itself does not contain copyright infringement Code.

After discovering that the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint of the Recording Industry Association of America was unjustified, GitHub has restored the code of the YouTube-dl project, and GitHub has set aside $1 million as a legal defense fund to deal with future lawsuits.

In a blog today, GitHub stated that the library did not actually violate Article 1201 of the DMCA, and cited a letter it received from an attorney at the Electronic Frontline Foundation who will take over the youtube-dl project Case. In the letter, the EFF team explained that Google does not have any technical measures to prevent the download of its videos-all these videos need to be provided for free to various applications, browsers, smart TVs, etc.

Therefore, EFF lawyers believe that according to Article 1201 of the DMCA, the library can never be taken down because the library did not actually circumvent any form of copyright protection system in the first place.

GitHub will also hire technical and legal experts, as well as independent experts. From now on, they will review all DMCA Section 1201 removal claims to ensure that they comply with DMCA regulations and protect open source developers from Subject to unnecessary litigation.

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