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posted by martyb on Wednesday October 28 2020, @07:27PM   Printer-friendly

RIAA Sued By YouTube-Ripping Site Over DMCA Anti-Circumvention Notices

A company operating a YouTube-ripping platform has sued the RIAA for sending "abusive" DMCA anti-circumvention notices to Google. According to the complaint and contrary to the RIAA's claims, the Yout service does not "descramble, decrypt, avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, or impair" YouTube's rolling cipher technology.

Last Friday, the RIAA caused [outrage] on the Internet when it filed a complaint that took down the open source software YouTube-DL from Github.

According to the RIAA, the "clear purpose" of YouTube-DL was to "circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube" and "reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use."

As the debate and controversy over the complaint rages on, a company based in the US that operates a YouTube-ripping platform has filed a lawsuit alleging that similar complaints, filed by the RIAA with Google, have caused its business great damage.

RIAA's YouTube-DL Takedown Ticks Off Developers and GitHub's CEO

An RIAA takedown request, which removed the YouTube-DL repository from GitHub, has ticked off developers and GitHub's CEO. Numerous people responded by copying and republishing the contested code, including in some quite clever ways. Meanwhile, GitHub's CEO is "annoyed" as well, offering help to get the repo reinstated.

Yout v. RIAA complaint.

Previously: GitHub has Received a DMCA Takedown from RIAA for youtube-dl

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by helel on Wednesday October 28 2020, @10:27PM (3 children)

    by helel (2949) on Wednesday October 28 2020, @10:27PM (#1070126)

    First, shying away from a small subset of first amendment cases is not remotely the same as saying they don't "handle censorship cases anymore." Having read your article it would be more accurate to say "the ACLU doesn't defend terrorists anymore." The tl;dr is that they've taken allot of flack for helping domestic terrorists in court and so they've adopted an unofficial policy of avoiding such cases for now.

    The truth is when you start murdering your political opponents it's no longer a first amendment issue. Terrorism is not free speech. Just because a shooting or vehicular manslaughter is politically motivated doesn't make the ACLU somehow in favor of censorship when they don't rush in with pro bono legal defense or an amicus brief.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by fustakrakich on Wednesday October 28 2020, @10:28PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday October 28 2020, @10:28PM (#1070127) Journal

    You fail to understand the fundamentals

    La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
  • (Score: 0, Redundant) by fustakrakich on Thursday October 29 2020, @12:57AM (1 child)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday October 29 2020, @12:57AM (#1070175) Journal

    Oh, and he says, right there in the article,

    "If anybody gets violent on either side, you gotta bust ’em, for the violence, not the speech".

    I mean, it can't be more obvious, so basic, it's apparently easy to overlook.

    La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 30 2020, @03:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 30 2020, @03:12PM (#1070865)


      Well, there ya go! Ceremonial censorship at work! Free speech is as dangerous as a gun to these people, or more so! And most likely they are democrats massaging their narrative that only racists and terrorists want free speech. Good way to throw an election to their alter ego republicans