youtube-dl, the most popular project in the world for backing up YouTube content, was just taken down

make no mistake -- YouTube wants to keep you trapped

and when they decide to ban you without warning, they don't want there to be backups

@lbry it's RIAA (i.e. record companies) not YouTube that sent the DMCA

@wolf480pl Using a whopping 3 songs as justification. UMG, Sony, Werner.

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if these three songs were used as examples in youtube-dl's official docs (which I can't check whether they were, because the repo is down....) then it'd kinda make sense that they'd list those.

It'd also mean whoever wrote youtube-dl documentation did a pretty stupid thing.

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@BrodieOnLinux @dowodenum

ok, I searched a mirrored of youtube-dl's git repo for the songs listed in the DMCA, and it looks like they were used in youtube-dl's tests, to test the extractor against all the different youtube's obfuscation schemes.

Considering that some obfuscation schemes are used only on official music videos... it's not like youtube-dl devs had much of a choice.

@wolf480pl @BrodieOnLinux @dowodenum

If they couldn't find a single example of free content that was only accessible through that obfuscation, that's arguably an effective admission on the part of the developers that that part of the tool was for infringing use only, and they have a problem.

@Moon @BrodieOnLinux @dowodenum
of course the record companies' deal with YouTube would make sure that nobody except them is allowed to use that obfuscation method.

@wolf480pl @BrodieOnLinux no, you are barking up the wrong tree. even if youtube-dl had never included tests or examples using videos of copyrighted music, they'd still find a way to take it down if they wanted to.

@cadence @wolf480pl @BrodieOnLinux my theory is that some intern was searching for mentions of albums in source code and that’s how they found it

it’s a guess, but, I think it’s entirely possible they would have never learned it existed without those names

@wolf480pl @BrodieOnLinux @cadence they probably don’t “get” any music, just use spotify like everyone these days

@cadence @wolf480pl The examples in the source code just put a flashing red target on themselves.

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