The music industry has launched an attack against another program used to download music from YouTube. This time, the move involves GitHub, which has agreed to remove the archive from YouTube-DL and its versions on request from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the representative organization. to major record labels in the United States and indicates piracy.
The YouTube-DL related repositories on GitHub currently indicate that they are unavailable due to a request through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The explanation also directs the user to the full statement sent by the RIAA to the developer platform, available on this link.
In it, representatives of the recording companies stated that the YouTube-DL code has the clear purpose of “circumventing the technology protections used by authorized streaming services, for example. such as YouTube “and” reproduce and distribute proprietary music videos and recordings by our affiliated companies without such use. “
The RIAA states that US copyright laws prohibit measures that circumvent protections against infringement of these rights, which would make the program illegal. The association further argues that the software code provides 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 voiced opposition to the withdrawal of their repository on GitHub. They point 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 be offline at any time.
Updated YouTube-DL website
Amid pressure from record labels, the YouTube-DL website was revised. It even allows you to download the latest version of the program, but it no longer links to GitHub, nor the names of its developers.
The situation of the program is similar to those that allow video downloads and go offline after the actions of record companies. One of the main cases is that YouTube-MP3, to avoid other troubles in court, signed an agreement that agreed to remove the site from the network and assign the domain to record companies.