Youtube-dl has been suspended on GH because the RIAA sent a DMCA takedown.

Fuck the RIAA. And fuck the broken and abused bullshit of music copyright law.

Back at music school when I has this vague notion of being an audio engineer, one of our first projects we did was called a "soundalike". Basically, pick a pop song track, and do your best to recreate it.

It turns out, this is actually a pretty common thing to do industry. And it has to do with music copyright law. When you license a song to use in a movie or commercial or whatever, you typically have to pay for two things: a publishing license (the songwriting), and a mechanical license (the actual recording). A soundalike removes the need to pay for mechanical license, and is usually the cheaper route.

Stupid solutions to stupid problems.

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Correct, but music copyright hits closer to home for me. So fuck that one in particular.

@paul Someone beat me to the Hackernews post by 23 minutes.

@paul not really ...everyone just loves those juicy Internet points 😅 🤣

I never expect anyone to really read anything I say, so the attention is genuinely surprising for me.

@paul the second largest recording studio in Nashville does nothing but soundalikes (and is owned by one of the largest distributors of karaoke content worldwide)

It's always been weird to me how much value the music industry places on statically generated media files, and how much money gets dumped into making them.

We live in an age now where concerts try to reproduce produced recordings and not the other way around. Synthesized electronic sounds are pretty normalized things.

In a more enlightened world, audio files would be entirely worthless, and music consumption experiences would better leverage the computer medium, making things more interactive and immersive. Basically, the sorts of things brian eno has been saying all along.

Instead we have


All this stuff

@MisakaMikoto @paul Hosting it on Gitlab solves exactly what…? The right place should be a self-hosted service somewhere outside of US jurisdiction.

@frumble @paul it only buys us time to fork it until they decide to take that down too.

@MisakaMikoto @paul You don’t need to 'fork' ytdl, its devs just need a hoster outside of US jurisdiction.

@paul they won't have this capability on Safe Network, including with Safe-git repositories.

@paul These fuckheads thinkin’ I use youtube-dl to get around paying for their content when the reality is I’m just using a portion of it to make something new out of it, like a meme per se.

@paul regardless of the premise, this could accelerate any preexisting exodus that was going on already.

The timing is sus.

@paul That’s one more sad statement of destructive state… Youtube-dl allowed to avoid, too much network transfers for things we look/hear repeatedly. We have only one earth, and limited energy resources…

@paul I just noticed there is about 80 clones on and lot of other on various gitlab instances. Didn’t searched among gitea instances. The decentralized nature of git (thanks to Linus and other Linux contributors for Git) is a good point, the non-decentralized of git web interfaces/projects managements is a bad point. Forgefed, that would be on the Fediverse (like Mastodon, Pleroma, PeerTube…) should resolve at least partially the issue.

@paul 这个时候Stallman又要说:我早告诉你们了,让你们不听

@parisni @paul #StreisandEffect

The best fuck to #Github, is probably #ForgeFED, on the #Fediverse, like Mastodon/Pleroma/PeerTube (beside #Gitlab #Gitea, among other free interface), all using the #LinuxKernel authors made, #Git one of the best decentralised tools.

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