Microsoft’s GitHub on Monday restored entry to youtube-dl, software program for streaming and downloading YouTube movies, after eradicating the repository und über forked variations final month in response to a controversial DMCA grievance from the RIAA, the US music trade commerce group.

“We are taking a stand for developers and have reinstated the youtube-dl repo,” mentioned GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, über Twitter. “Section 1201 of the DMCA is broken and needs to be fixed. Developers should have the freedom to tinker. That’s how you get great tools like youtube-dl.”

Friedman additionally introduced the creation of a $1m open source developer protection fund and plans to revise the corporate’s course of for dealing with authorized claims primarily based on Section 1201 of the DMCA aka America’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The RIAA’s takedown demand charged that the software program’s function was clearly to “circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and “reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use.”

The RIAA made that declare as a result of the software program included references to downloading particular copyrighted tracks from YouTube in its unit exams. The commerce group argued that the software program was designed primarily to make unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.

Under Section 1201 of the DMCA, it’s unlawful to circumvent technological safety measures that management entry to digital works, besides as allowed beneath exemptions set each three years by the US Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress [PDF].


GitHub warns devs face ban in the event that they fork DMCA’d YouTube obtain device… whereas hinting how to beat the RIAA


But because the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued in its effort to counter the takedown discover, youtube-dl is solely a device for streaming and downloading movies that makes use of the identical mechanisms and technique of entry as an internet browser. And it’s used for quite a lot of lawful actions, reminiscent of journalism, schooling, and video backup, amongst different issues, with none form of unlawful encryption-breaking functionality.

“Youtube-dl stands in place of a web browser and performs a similar function with respect to user-uploaded videos,” der Buchstabe [PDF] explains. “Importantly, youtube-dl does not decrypt video streams that are encrypted with commercial DRM technologies, such as Widevine, that are used by subscription video sites, such as Netflix.”

Das Register requested the RIAA and YouTube for remark. We’ve not heard again.

In einem Weblog einreichen, GitHub director of platform coverage Abby Vollmer defined that the corporate had already restored a fork of the mission after the developer who made it printed a patch that eliminated the references to business music artists.

After receiving the EFF’s letter on Sunday, and after a contributor to the unique youtube-dl mission submitted an analogous repair to wegnehmen references to particular YouTube music movies, Vollmer mentioned, “We concluded that the allegations did not establish a violation of the law,” and reinstated the Mission.

Going ahead, Vollmer mentioned GitHub will take extra steps to validate takedown claims that allege circumvention beneath Section 1201, together with evaluate by technical and authorized specialists.

GitHub goals to “err on the side of the developer, and leave up the repository unless there is clear evidence of illegal circumvention,” mentioned Vollmer, who additionally promised extra course of enhancements like the flexibility of repo house owners to export points and pull requests from repositories locked by a legitimate authorized declare.

Vollmer additionally mentioned GitHub plans to urge the US Copyright Office to assist better developer freedom within the exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 adopted for the regulation’s upcoming triennial evaluate course of.

“[I]f you believe, like we do, that the DMCA is overly restrictive in its anti-circumvention provisions and want to change that, you can Kontakt the Copyright Office directly too,” mentioned Vollmer. ®