- Jan 16, 2017
Source: YouTube-dl removed from GitHub after RIAA DMCA noticeThe Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) has taken down YouTube-dl's GitHub repositories using a DMCA takedown notice.
YouTube-dl is an extremely popular command-line program used to download multimedia content from YouTube.com and other sites. The project used GitHub repositories to host the program's source code and compiled executables that could be downloaded by users.
Today, the RIAA took down the YouTube-dl GitHub repositories by filing a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) infringement notice with GitHub.
As others have noted, YouTube-dl is used for far more than just downloading YouTube videos, but also to download free documentaries, public domain videos, and other works.
The successful use of a DMCA infringement notice to shutdown software that is in itself not a copyright violation is a scary precedent and one that lays the groundwork for misuse in the future.