GitHub's legal director Jesse Giraci posted updated advice, in which he stated: “If you are looking to file or dispute a takedown notice by posting to this repository, please STOP because we do not accept Pull Requests or other contributions to this repository.
“Please note that re-posting the exact same content that was the subject of a takedown notice without following the proper process is a violation of GitHub’s DMCA Policy and Terms of Service.
“If you commit or post content to this repository that violates our Terms of Service, we will delete that content and may suspend access to your account as well."
In its takedown demand, the RIAA said: "The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorised streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorisation for such use.
"We note that the source code is described on GitHub as 'a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites'."
Microsoft acquired GitHub in June 2018 for US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock. Soon after the deal, many GitHub users said they would be moving their repositories off GitHub unless Microsoft stopped its work with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.