Abby Vollmer, writing for The GitHub Blog:
Today we reinstated youtube-dl, a popular project on GitHub,
after we received additional information about the project
that enabled us to reverse a Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The “additional information” link is a response to the RIAA’s takedown request by the EFF, acting on behalf of the youtube-dl project. It’d be a shame if there was a Streisand Effect to this abusive attempt by the RIAA to hurt a great project like
youtube-dl, which is a terrific utility that lets you download offline copies of videos from YouTube (of course) and a slew of other services.
There are, of course, a bunch of options (
youtube-dl is a nerdy command-line tool), but basically you can just type
youtube-dl 'URL-TO-VIDEO-HERE' and it just works. You pass
youtube-dl a URL to a web page with an embedded video, and it downloads a copy of the video. And you can install
youtube-dl on your Mac easily using Homebrew.
Really would be a shame if this just raises awareness of
★ Monday, 16 November 2020