Google is keen to save the goose that lays the golden eggs of YouTube as a platform for downloading videos. Today, with the help of the RIAA, she had the YouTube-DL library removed from Github.
YouTube has become the world's number one video-on-demand provider. Advertising funded, with over 15 billion dollars in turnover in 2019, Google takes a very negative view of all solutions that circumvent the solutions put in place to prevent downloading.
The RIAA or Recording Industry Association of America is the American organization in charge, among other things, of protection against audiovisual piracy. She's the one who hunts down sites that host torrents or stream movies.. Today, she attacked a different target, la page Github de YouTube-DL. This is a library for downloading videos from YouTube.
Of course, downloading the YouTube videos contravenes the general conditions of use of the platform which is financed by the advertising broadcast before, during and after the videos, that some block with AdBlock Browser on Android. More, this is because she ruled that YouTube-DL violated the article 1201 of US copyright law that the RIAA required Github to remove all source code. It is indeed forbidden to break the protections in place, commonly referred to as DRM.
In the past, other sites have been closed, such as YouTube-MP3 while others like 2Conv and FLVto are currently being sued. In addition to legal actions, Google actively searches and blocks the IP addresses of anyone who is too active on the platform, thus targeting bots. A game of cat and mouse has therefore begun between the American giant and those he considers vulgar pirates.
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