Microsoft is a member of the RIAA, even though it is primarily a company that produces software.
Hahahahahaha WHAT?!! https://t.co/TCa3XkmVMf — I use youtube-dl *all the time* to download my own live stream videos so I can archive them.— Jeff Geerling (@geerlingguy) October 23, 2020
RIAA might as well ban computers and speakers, since they could be used to listen to pirated music.
In the letter, the RIAA said: "We have learned that your service is hosting the youtube-dl source code on its network at the following locations, among others (a list of URLs followed)."
It added: "The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorised streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorisation for such use.
I should say: Github has categorized the RIAA letter as a DMCA notice, but it's not really — that term generally describes communications sent pursuant to §512. This letter is about the §1201, the controversial anticircumvention rules.— Parker Higgins (@xor) October 23, 2020
After noting numerous alleged copyright violations committed by users of the script, the RIAA said: "In light of the above noted copyright infringements and anticircumvention violations, we ask that you immediately take down and disable access to the youtube-dl source code at all of its locations where it is hosted on GitHub, including without limitation those locations in the representative list set forth above."
GitHub's official statement said: "If you are the repository owner, and you believe that your repository was disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification, you have the right to file a counter notice and have the repository reinstated. "
Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA. https://t.co/VUbTokd4cP— EFF (@EFF) October 23, 2020
The RIAA has made no comment about the fact that the YouTube mobile app has a download command that can be used to effect the same thing as youtube-dl. There are numerous other ways to download videos from YouTube as well.
Twitter has exploded with comments from annoyed users, with a number of them have put up the youtueb-dl source on their sites in reaction to the GitHub action, with one individuals encoding the source into two images that are being distributed on Twitter.
Microsoft acquired GitHub in June 2018 for US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock. Soon after the deal, many GitHub users said they would be moving their repositories off GitHub unless Microsoft stopped its work with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.