The popular free software project “youtube-dl”…

The popular free software project “youtube-dl” was removed from Github following a legal notice from the Recording Industry Association of America claiming it violates U.S. copyright law.

Youtube-dl is “a powerful general-purpose media tool that allows users to make local copies of media from a very broad range of sites.” Journalists in particular make use of it in their work.

While not WordPress-related, the journalism angle and the Streisand Effect of the RIAA’s attempt to kill an open-source project hold a lot of fascinating lessons.

Some of the ways the code has been shared are insanely smart too. 🤔

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