New twist in the YouTube-DL affair

YouTube-DL is experiencing a new twist. According to TorrentFreak , Google has started rejecting DMCA notices sent by the RIAA. Rather surprising, isn't it?

Gone are the days when we had to wait three or four hours to pick up the latest MP3 of our singer or our favorite singer on Napster. Since then, hacking solutions have multiplied, helped by the democratization of the sacrosanct broadband.

New Twist In The Youtube Dl Affair
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But contrary to what one might think, it is no longer necessarily necessary to go through this type of third-party solutions to grow your music collection.

YouTube-DL, a solution adopted by all

In fact, many Internet users have become accustomed to using them directly on… YouTube. How? 'Or' What ? By relying on third-party tools to capture a stream to convert it into a format readable by an audio player.

These famous third-party tools are legion, but the most used of all was undoubtedly YouTube-DL. A simple, efficient tool that also supports a lot of different formats.

Unsurprisingly, the popularity of YouTube-DL has not been all good and it has also earned it to find itself in the crosshairs of several associations of rights holders … and in particular that of the RIAA.

The RIAA put in its place by Github

True to form, the latter has therefore resorted in recent years to all the usual panoply and has thus begun to regularly send withdrawal requests to Google in order to eliminate the search results service of the American giant.

However, the situation took an unexpected turn in October 2020 when the RIAA pressured Github to shut down YouTube-DL's repositories. Very quickly, the matter swelled on the web and if these famous deposits were indeed closed at first, Github ended up re-establishing them , explaining that they did not violate the law.

Better yet, in order to prevent such overflows from happening again, Github also decided to build a million dollar fund to allow developers to defend themselves against this type of action.

This obviously did not calm the ardor of the RIAA. On the contrary, the latter launched a counter-offensive at the beginning of the year, this time asking Google to remove new URLs from its index, URLs targeting several solutions similar to YouTube-DL. And once again, to support its request, the RIAA invoked a misuse of YouTube's protective measures.

Google has refused several DMCA takedown requests filed by the RIAA

An argument that had also been used against YouTube-DL in the context of the Github affair… and which proved to be unfounded.

Coincidentally or not, Torrent Freak then discovered that Google was also beginning to reject the RIAA's DMCA takedown requests. The firm obviously does not justify its decision, but obviously several requests have met the same fate, which suggests that it is not an error, but a carefully considered decision.

It is of course still too early to draw any conclusions, but if Google starts to reject the RIAA's demands, then the RIAA may well suffer another setback.

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