Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA.


Isn't DMCA takedown meant for if the content itself is a violation of copyrights? Therefore, it would be appropriate to issue a DMCA takedown if youtube-dl itself was stolen from RIAA, but not for this. Am I right?

@nighthacker2003 @eff no, copyright law covers actual infringement. The DMCA "criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM). It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself." (From wikipedia)

@nighthacker2003 basically, the DMCA makes it criminal to break any digital lock, regardless of how effective it is. It's a terrible thing for the world. That said, youtube-dl didn't help themselves by giving specific infringement instructions against RIAA owned media.

I agree that DRM is evil and that breaking it shouldn't be a crime. But how loose is their definition of a digital lock? As far as I can tell, Youtube has no locks, unless they count not explicitly including a "download" button as a lock.

@nighthacker2003 @eff It's not a copyright infringement takedown, it's a business model enforcement infringement takedown, which is even more sinister:…
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