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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday October 24 2020, @04:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the bound-to-happen dept.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24872911
https://old.reddit.com/r/youtubedl/comments/jgttnc/youtubedl_github_repository_disabled_due_to_a/
https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2020/10/2020-10-23-RIAA.md

Now when you go to their site, it reads:

Repository unavailable due to DMCA takedown.

This repository is currently disabled due to a DMCA takedown notice. We have disabled public access to the repository. The notice has been publicly posted.

If you are the repository owner, and you believe that your repository was disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification, you have the right to file a counter notice and have the repository reinstated. Our help articles provide more details on our DMCA takedown policy and how to file a counter notice. If you have any questions about the process or the risks in filing a counter notice, we suggest that you consult with a lawyer.

Also at 9to5Google

[2020-10-25 01:01:09 UTC: Updated title to more accurately reflect notice was given to GitHub, not to youtube-dl. --martyb]


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by canopic jug on Saturday October 24 2020, @06:23AM (1 child)

    by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 24 2020, @06:23AM (#1068172) Journal

    Just to nitpick, it's not illegal to download copyrighted material if the copyrighted material's owner grants permission. That's the whole premise behind Free and Open Source Software, Creative Commons, and Open Access. However, those are also intentional collateral damage in these actions. Furthermore, in some countries it is determined to be legal to download copyrighted material even if the owner objects as long as their is no redistribution and it is for personal use.

    The real risk is that the data stream is encoded in triple-ROT13 or some similarly strong DRM. Then "breaking" that DRM will be considered a felony circumvention. Not too long ago corporations were pushing to have EULAs considered as legally binding. That failed, but now they can put in farsical technical countermeasures and then when kids walk around the flimsy barriers, pile on enough felony charges to bankrupt them into accepting a plea "deal" and thus reinforcing the situation with the precedent of a confession + conviction. It's a way of making corporate policy law without needing either further bribes to legislators, additional time, or fighting pushback from the one or two enlighted people following the politicians' activities.

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  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Tuesday October 27 2020, @03:36AM

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Tuesday October 27 2020, @03:36AM (#1069170) Journal

    The real risk is that the data stream is encoded in triple-ROT13 or some similarly strong DRM.

    Nah it's encoded in double ROT13.

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