(USA) JUST IN: GitHub has reinstated today the youtube-dl open-source project, a Python library that lets users download the source audio and video files behind YouTube videos after DMCA takedown notice request by RIAA on Oct.23: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.16: GitHub, a code-hosting repository, had previously removed the library from its portal after it received a controversial DMCA takedown request from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 23:

In a DMCA takedown letter, RIAA argued that the library was being used to “circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and to allow users to “reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings […] without authorization.” RIAA also noted that the project’s source code “expressly suggests its use to copy and/or distribute the following copyrighted works.” More specifically, RIAA used Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to claim that the youtube-dl library was breaking copyright by providing a tool to circumvent copyrighted material — even if the youtube-dl library didn’t contain copyright-infringing code itself:

But in a blog post today: GitHub said the library did not actually break Section 1201 of the DMCA, citing a letter it received from Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers, who to take up the youtube-dl project’s case. In the letter, the EFF team explained that Google does not have any technical measures in place to prevent the download of its videos — all of which need to be made freely available to all kinds of apps, browsers, smart TVs, and more. Hence, EFF lawyers argued that the library could never be taken down under Section 1201 of the DMCA since the library doesn’t actually circumvent any sort of copyright protection system in the first place:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.16: 2020:

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