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The Microsoft-owned software code repository GitHub has warned users not to upload banned content to the site, following its decision to take down the youtube-dl script after a complaint from the Recording Industry Association of America.

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."

Microsoft has come under pressure from the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organisation that helps promote, develop, improve and defend free and open source software, which asked the software giant to resign from the RIAA.

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.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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