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.

@BrodieOnLinux @dowodenum
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.


@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.

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@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.

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