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After EFF Gets Involved, GitHub Defies RIAA By Reinstating YouTube-DL

YouTube-DL returns to GitHub after the RIAA demanded the software be removed with a DMCA takedown. In the middle of October, the RIAA sent the DMCA complaint to GitHub against YouTube-DL. It alleged that YouTube-DL allowed users to circumvent YouTube’s copyright protections. It also argued that the tool promoted piracy by mentioning several songs in […]

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RIAA Is Playing Wack-a-Mole on Github as Stream-Ripper Code Proliferates

After Github removed a popular YouTube stream ripping application at the RIAA’s request – hell is breaking loose. The request wasn’t well-received by the open-source community, who asked Microsoft to resign from the RIAA. Many developers who relied on the project for their own began reposting the code to their repositories. The situation got so […]

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RIAA Seeks Information On 40 YouTube Ripper Sites – Two Subpoenas Issued

The RIAA is building a case against 40 different YouTube ripper sites, thanks to two subpoenas. Shutting down pirate sites is hard work that starts with obtaining information about the site’s owners. That information may include the domain owner, IP addresses for servers, or any personal details registered. The RIAA has obtained two DMCA subpoenas […]

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RIAA Battle Against YouTube Rippers Heats Up – Ripper Sues RIAA

The RIAA’s battle against YouTube rippers is heating up after the removal of YouTube-DL. Here’s the latest. On Friday, Microsoft-owned GitHub removed the YouTube-DL repository after a request from the RIAA. The removal was in response to the RIAA citing DMCA Section 1201 or removing content that helps bypass copyright protection restrictions. The open-source community […]

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Trump Administration Brands Multiple Amazon Sites ‘Notorious Markets’ for ‘Counterfeiting and Piracy’

Photo Credit: Bryan Angelo The Trump administration has placed several Amazon sites on its notorious markets blacklist. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative updated the list today to include Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.in. The list usually targets known piracy vectors like cyberlockers and torrent sites. The US-based site, Amazon.com, was only spared […]

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British Label Group BPI Has Submitted 500 Million URLS to Google for Removal

Photo Credit: Unsplash British label group BPI has submitted its 500 millionth URL to Google for removal. It is reaching one billion removals from all search engines combined. While music streaming is growing globally, piracy is still a problem. Industry groups take action against copyright infringing sites by working with search engines to remove links […]

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How Long Will Spotify Allow Bootleg “Podcasts” to Top the Charts?

A substantial number of podcast bootleggers are delivering illegal music to Spotify users, and it’s unclear how — or if — the streaming service will stem the tide of copyright infringement and stolen royalties. According to a report from Pitchfork, a simple-but-effective process allows users to make demos, live recordings, unreleased tracks, and a slew of otherwise unpublished […]