GitHub have restored the youtube-dl repository

Colour me pleasantly surprised.

I've followed this story since it broke. My own (lay) analysis of the RIAA's claims hit HN a few weeks ago: (

The EFF's letter makes strongly similar arguments, admittedly with better legal citations buttressing.

I'd hinted in that post, and commented at HN, as to steps Microsoft could take to establish its credibility before the Free Software community:


Microsoft is a member of the RIAA. It could and should resign.
Microsoft can lobby for further exceptions to §1201 anti-circumvention.
Microsoft can issue a statement formally protesting RIAA's action.
Microsoft could offer an Amicus brief or other statements in favour of youtube-dl developers.

As an old-school Linux user and advocate, I'm used to considering Microsoft the opposition, and my praise is grudging, but given where due. By my reckoning, Microsoft are at least 3 for 4 in meeting my suggestions.

Of the fourth, I suspect its upcoming RIAA renewal discussion will be interesting.

Google, on the other hand, have been conspicuously silent. Chris DiBona, are you listening?

#github #youtubedl #riaa #dmca #copyright #eff #microsoft #google #ChrisDiBona


@dredmorbius It would be interesting to see Microsoft sell DRM-free entertainment. If for no other reason than we're all used to seeing them as an anti-competitive force, and this action would be more pro-competitive.

They could certainly pull it off now if they wanted to, I'm just not convinced they do. I'm not holding my breath!

@alcinnz @dredmorbius my perfect music streaming service:

5$ month
DRM free
No ads, good privacy (no Facebook integration, Spotify)
Good recommendations
No lock in, export playlists anytime

@robots @alcinnz @dredmorbius that's why I buy my digital music as FLACs (for my local collection) from I don't usually stream, though.

@lightweight @alcinnz @dredmorbius that's another good way to do it, I've heard good things about bandcamp. I'm too broke to pay for music anyway though, I just use YouTube with an adblocker.

@lightweight @alcinnz @dredmorbius the main problem I have with bandcamp is that it typically doesn't have a particular song I'm looking for, has this been the case with you?

@robots @lightweight @dredmorbius My story is: for the longest time I thought I didn't like music. Then I discovered Kevin Chi and Dispiration. (Also David Bowie's Darkstar) They told me to buy through Bandcamp, so I did!

@robots @alcinnz @dredmorbius I've actually been surprised to see artists whose music I only found e.g. via TinyDesk on Youtube unexpectedly popping up there.

@robots @lightweight @alcinnz @dredmorbius
7digital sell DRM-free FLAC files and have a huge selection.

I just wish there was somewhere where I could buy DRM-free video, so I wouldn't have to keep buying and storing shiny discs.

@mathew @robots @lightweight @dredmorbius Me too!

There's a few, but whatever I've found don't sell exclusively DRM-free.

@alcinnz @dredmorbius They'll want to pull it off, if and only if it benefits their bottom line. You can also get they'll monetize the hell out of it. GitHub is already starting to resemble LinkedIn as Microsoft turns it into an advertising and paid services (mostly job search) platform.

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