Microsoft-owned GitHub has removed today 18 projects from its code-hosting portal following a legal request filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
All the code repositories removed today are related to the youtube-dl project.
Youtube-dl is a Python library that allows developers to download the source audio and video files behind YouTube videos.
In a letter sent to GitHub, RIAA argued that the “clear purpose of this source code [the youtube-dl library]” was to “circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and to allow users to “reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings […] without authorization.”
RIAA noted that the project’s source code “expressly suggests its use to copy and/or distribute the following copyrighted works.”
RIAA, a trade organization that claims to represent around 85% of all the US recording industry, requested that GitHub removed the youtube-dl