The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is attempting to de-legitimize Youtube-dl

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is attempting to de-legitimize Youtube-dl

The RIAA first asked GitHub to eliminate the project in 2020. GitHub denied the request. Now, RIAA is threatening a small German hosting company called Uberspace that hosts the youtube-dl homepage. Youtube-dl might be used for downloading music, RIAA claims.

According to, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is determined to eliminate the video downloading application youtube-dl. The youtube-dl project is one of the most popular open-source programmes for downloading YouTube videos. The project is as ancient as YouTube, and many people utilise it on a daily basis. The RIAA, on the other hand, is dissatisfied with this and wants to terminate the project.


  • However, it seems that this time RIAA is more serious about cutting access to youtube-dl, and it’s ready for a legal fight. While the EFF insists on the correctness of youtube-dl’s path, they said developers made some small adjustments to remove any possible doubt, and GitHub promptly restored the repository. It is usually costly to bring such cases to court, and a small German company certainly can not afford that. On the other hand, we have a commercial giant called the RIAA. But maybe there is still hope. The German Society for Civil Rights (GFF) has announced that it is ready to cover potential costs for Uberspace.

  • The main reason behind these conflicts is that the RIAA believes people use youtube-dl to download music. On the other hand, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that youtube-dl is not intended to violate the copyright rules. “youtube-dl doesn’t infringe or encourage the infringement of any copyrighted works, nor does it “circumvent” any technical protection measures on YouTube videos.” EFF noted.

“Just because a music behemoth can afford to forum-shop doesn’t mean it should be able to force an important technology off the internet,” EFF said. Uberspace has so far given a brief explanation to the court and said that youtube-dl is not breaking DRM. Therefore, the court can’t force them to stop hosting the popular video downloading tool. We will hear more details about this case in the coming months.