RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos

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  1. mood

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    RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos
    Main target of the takedown was the youtube-dl project
    October 23, 2020

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/riaa-...projects-used-for-downloading-youtube-videos/
    Bleeping Computer: YouTube-dl removed from GitHub after RIAA DMCA notice
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    This is sickening! I believe you should be allowed to download videos for personal use. :thumbd:
     
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    Angry YouTube-dl users flood GitHub with new repos after takedown
    October 26, 2020
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...s-flood-github-with-new-repos-after-takedown/
     
  4. reasonablePrivacy

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    How about people using these tools under the "fair use" doctrine. How are people supposed to quote a part of a video without such tools?
     
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    They can't. Which is the entire point. These corporations only care about copyright laws that are in their favor, and they completely ignore the ones that are against them.
     
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    Exactly. This is why the move to cloud and streaming services. They want to keep you paying without being able to have a copy of anything. They could care less about fair use. I'll buy DVDs until they end which appears to be soon unfortunately. After that I guess I'll find a new hobby.
     
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    Enough already. What's done is done - spilt milk syndrome.
    The big question is - What are you using now for your downloads?
     
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    [Update: GitHub statement]...
    https://9to5google.com/2020/10/28/youtube-dl-github-riaa-takedown/
     
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    Well, to be honest, I think it's best to keep quiet about this. Luckily my downloader is still working. :blink:
     
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    Software Freedom Conservancy: Microsoft Should Resign from RIAA Over Youtube-DL Takedown Demand
    Asking Microsoft to resign from the RIAA over youtube-dl takedown demand
    October 26, 2020
    https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/oct/26/microsoft-github-riaa-youtube-dl/
     
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    GitHub threatens to ban users who bypass YouTube-dl takedown
    November 2, 2020
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...-to-ban-users-who-bypass-youtube-dl-takedown/
     
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    The Github youtube-dl Takedown Isn't Just a Problem of American Law
    November 2, 2020
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/11/github-youtube-dl-takedown-isnt-just-problem-american-law
     
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    "RIAA noted that the project's source code "expressly suggests its use to copy and/or distribute the following copyrighted works."

    I mean I suppose if they mean copying the video to my own PC so I can play it offline is distributing they right.

    Why would someone use it to distribute to others on the internet when anyone can watch on youtube, their reasoning is silly. It just shows how broken copyright is.
     
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    Exactly. People will just send URL to the video. Youtube-dl does not have any feature that allow you to send video, upload to remote destination.
    They probably have some fear that someone may download, create their own channel and upload the same video again (not citation, not review etc which falls under fair use) to gain some views and subscribers, but it is not Youtube-dl fault.
     
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    You don't like blu-rays? I'm a movie collector, and I love blu-rays. I do think there are a few older movies that look better on DVD though.
     
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    I have no problems with Blu-ray. I own many. They are pretty scarce now. Most new releases at this point are DVD only if they even get released to disk. I hear Samsung has stopped making Blu-ray players and most others have probably followed. In some cases on Amazon Blu-ray disks are cheaper than DVD. I am assuming they are clearing out the stock, not to be replaced. Get what you want now. They seem to be quietly ending disk releases. And we've seen that when you buy digital on Amazon they are not permanent licenses and the show/movie you payed for can be pulled at any time.
     
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    I noticed the same thing. They have been out of many blu-rays that I have been trying to get on Amazon for a long time, and it says they don't know if they will ever get them back in stock. My internet is too slow here to deal with streaming video. I don't like watching streaming movies anyway, since i'm a collector. I don't know if they are doing this to force users to purchase videos through Amazon Prime or if they are trying to battle Piracy; maybe both. I don't like it, i'm always going to want to own my own copy.
     
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    I agree, I like copies so I can watch at my leisure without fear of it being pulled. I had more than 1 situation where I started watching things on Netflix (series) and they pulled it before I finished. I cancelled with no intention of turning it back on. I believe it is both an attempt at anti piracy and forcing ongoing payments to services like Amazon and Apple. I don't care for either for entertainment. What happens when the internet is down? Can't watch anything.

    FYI Ebay is often a better place to pick up DVDs than Amazon. I have picked up a couple of boxed sets that were 3 times more expensive on Amazon.
     
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    Netflix, Amazon Prime videos are proprietary (no right to distribute by subscriber) and protected by Widevine (DRM plugin). The thing is that regular YouTube videos (I never bought video via YouTube Premium) are not protected by Widevine and some of them are published under Creative Commons license, so everybody has permission to download and distribute them - not even on fair use basis but you have author's permission to do so.
     
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    GitHub finally restores the youtube-dl repository
    November 16, 2020
    https://mspoweruser.com/github-restores-the-youtube-dl-repository/
    GitHub: Standing up for developers: youtube-dl is back
     
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