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Not long ago , One 「 worth 」7.5 ten thousand Star GitHub project , From being popular , To be sued and taken off the shelf , And then there was a heated discussion in the community .

The story is full of twists and turns .

But lately , What's new about this project 「 The plot 」, There's another big update .

GitHub Official announcement : Refuse the content of the complaint , Restore project Repository .

besides , And an important step has been added —— start-up  100 Thousands of dollars Protection Fund (defense fund).


 GitHub Official text

And this one 「 sitcom 」 The hero of , It's famous  youtube-dl.

The story about it , It's wonderful , And read it carefully .

youtube-dl: Popular download artifact

youtube-dl Has become a GitHub One of the most popular projects on , Have 7.5 Ten thousand stars , Popularity is between Node.js And Kubernetes Between .

2006 Release , You can only start with YouTube Download video and audio , Later, through the continuous improvement of the creators , Download support sites have reached 1000 Multiple , Become the most popular download artifact .       

  List of websites that support downloading

From abroad YouTube、BBC、CBS、Twitter、Facebook Download Audio and video on , Then to iqiyi in China 、 Tencent video 、 Mango. TV、 Youku Video 、B standing 、 Cool music 、 Netease music ……  Almost covering the world's major audio and video sites .

By 2020 year 10 month , The project is GitHub One of the highest star rated projects .
               

However , This powerful artifact , May infringe on the interests of the relevant companies .

Sure enough ,youtube-dl There was a complaint , And was forced off the shelf to delete .

youtube-dl Complained about , Removed from the shelf

10 month 23 Japan , The recording industry association of America (RIAA) according to 《 Digital Millennium Copyright Act 》(DMCA) towards GitHub A delete notification was issued , Where the item is required to be deleted youtube-dl.

RIAA I think :

youtube-dl A violation of the DMCA Of the 1201 Anti circumvention clause and German copyright law .

It avoids YouTube Used to generate the video file itself URL Of “ Scroll code ” ( RIAA It is considered to be an effective technical protection measure , Because it “ Designed to prohibit direct access to the underlying YouTube Video file , To prevent or prohibit the download of video files , To copy or distribute ”.

in other words ,youtube-dl Free access to paid video content from various video platforms .

The lawsuit concluded that , According to EU law ,YouTube Rolling password is an effective technical protection measure .

therefore youtube-dl It's illegal .

GitHub Respond to a lawsuit : Off the shelf youtube-dl.


Annoy developers ,youtube-dl Code copies spread all over the network

youtube-dl Not long after being taken off the shelf , Many developers took steps to protest , They copied more code and released it to GitHub platform .

stay GitHub On the search youtube-dl, The relevant results have been the height is 10582 individual .


RIAA The prosecution is counterproductive , Not only is there no ban youtube-dl, On the contrary, it promotes the popularity and use of this project .

  • On the one hand, developers are crazy about resisting , Lots of copies are coming up .

  • On the one hand is RIAA In the name of law .

The pressure on both sides makes GitHub In a dilemma .

Under the pressure of the law ,GitHub The corporate legal team had to make a statement , Warn users not to publish copies of code to GitHub, Otherwise, it will be labeled .


GitHub Warning statement for

Just when people feel that being taken off the shelves can't be reversed , There's been a reversal .

youtube-dl carry 100 Million dollars protection fund returns

11 month 15 Japan ,GitHub Received electronic frontier Fund (Electronic  Frontier  Foundation) An electronic document , Wen Zhong youtube-dl There is no violation of 《 Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the United States 》.


only 1 Days time , That is to say 11 month 16 Japan ,GitHub It was announced that youtube-dl The return of the .

youtube-dl Get a complaint , The reason is because it violates DMCA Of the 1201 Anti circumvention clause , That is to avoid the password protection measures of the website , Do file extraction . Shut down for this reason youtube-dl.

GitHub The statement said ,youtube-dl Not avoiding technical protection measures (TPM), That is, there is no violation of the anti circumvention clause , They should stand up and protect the rights and interests of developers .

GitHub The director in charge of legal work Abby Vollmer In his blog , Also to the third 1201 The article questioned , On the basis of reasonableness and legality , Before you can take it off the shelf , And hope the law can improve , Make it 201 Every item is more perfect .

To avoid code developers being sued by big companies again , Risk of personal liability and legal defense costs .

GitHub A developer Defense Fund will be set up , And donate  100 Thousands of dollars , To protect the rights and interests of developers .


youtube-dl Powerful features , Make it popular , Let it be a GitHub I'm a star of . Prosecution block underrated , Under the strong resistance of netizens , Return to the public eye again .

GitHub And set up 100 Ten thousand dollars protection fund to protect the rights and interests of developers . Is this a blessing in disguise ?

So the developers of open source software , Should we be hit by copyright companies ?

Someone once said :“ Technical innocence , It's the people who use technology that's wrong .”

If youtube-dl Infringed on the rights of some enterprises , Should open source developers be punished ?

In the comments section, say what you think .

Reference link :

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25111726
https://github.blog/2020-11-16-standing-up-for-developers-youtube-dl-is-back/
https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/16/github-defies-riaa-takedown-notice-restoring-youtube-dl-and-starting-1m-defense-fund/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube-dl
https://github.com/ytdl-org/youtube-dl/blob/master/docs/supportedsites.md



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