YouTube-DL repositories have been removed from GitHub following a request from a U.S. label association
The music industry has launched an offensive against yet another program used to download music from YouTube. This time, the move involved GitHub, which agreed to remove repositories from YouTube-DL and its versions following a request from the American Recording Industry Association (RIAA), which represents the major record labels in the United States and pointed out a copyright infringement.
The YouTube-DL-related repositories on GitHub now indicate that they are unavailable due to a request via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The explanation also directs users to the full statement sent by RIAA to the developer platform, available on this link.
In it, the representative of the record companies states that the YouTube-DL code has the clear objective of “circumventing the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services, such as YouTube” and “reproducing and distributing music videos and proprietary sound recordings. of our member companies without authorization for such use ”.
The RIAA claims that US copyright law prohibits measures that circumvent protections against the violation of those rights, which would make the program illegal. The association further argues that the software code offers examples of how to download music from Icona Pop, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift, who have contracts with Warner Music, Sony Music and Universal Music, respectively.
Despite the association’s arguments, YouTube-DL users have spoken out against withdrawing their repositories on GitHub. They pointed out that the program is not only used for piracy, but is also a tool for those who want to download their own content or create video files that can go offline at any time.
YouTube-DL website is updated
Amid pressure from record labels, the YouTube-DL website has been modified. It even allows you to download the latest version of the program, but it no longer has links to GitHub, nor the names of its developers.
The situation of the program resembles that of sites that allowed the download of videos and went offline after the actions of the record companies. One of the main cases is that of YouTube-MP3, which in order to avoid further problems in court, closed an agreement in which it agreed to remove the site from the air and hand over the domain to the record companies.