'An RIAA takedown request, which removed the YouTube-DL repository
from GitHub, has ticked off developers and GitHub's CEO. Numerous
people responded by copying and republishing the contested code,
including in some quite clever ways. Meanwhile, GitHub's CEO is
"annoyed" as well, offering help to get the repo reinstated.
Soon after the RIAA notice took YouTube-DL offline many developers
spoke out in protest. They believe that the music industry group went
too far and started to republish copies of the code everywhere. Over
the past several days, we have seen hundreds of new forks and copies
appear online. These were also posted to GitHub, where YouTube-DL
forks remain easy to find and continue to be uploaded. The code was
also posted in some places one wouldn't expect. For example, there's
still a copy in GitHub's DMCA notice repository, which some people
find quite amusing. And the list of pull requests can be quite
entertaining in themselves.
One of the most creative responses we've seen was posted to Twitter by
@GalacticFurball who encoded YouTube-DL into images that can be easily
shared, encouraging others to share these as well. "I would also
suggest that you save and repost the images, as one single source kind
of defeats the point. Maybe start a hashtag trend or something. Make
songs, and poetry. Get that data out there." This triggered even more
creativity, with people finding alternative means to share the code
online, all to counter the RIAA's takedown request.
Meanwhile, GitHub's CEO Nat Friedman wasn't sitting still either.
While the Microsoft-owned developer platform had to respond to the
takedown notice, Friedman himself actively reached out to YouTube-DL's
developers to help them get their project reinstated. The CEO joined
YouTube-DL's IRC channel hoping to connect with the owner of the
repository so he can help to get it unsuspended. "GitHub exists to
help developers. We never want to interfere with their work. We want
to help the youtube-dl maintainers defeat the DMCA claim so that we
can restore the repo," Friedman told TorrentFreak, explaining his
actions. GitHub's CEO suggested that YouTube-DL won't be reinstated in
its original form. But, the software may be able to return without the
rolling cipher circumvention code and the examples of how to download
copyrighted material. '
-- source: https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/10/27/2230218
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