Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA.

@eff Six days ago I hatched a plan to create a permissionless, p2p, e2e encrypted alternative to github and began researching and discussing. Got lots of support, including two offers of help from the #foss community.

Yesterday the #RIAA and #github censored the #YouTubeDL repo. That will not be possible with Safe-git, no servers, no server owners.

Here's the plan:

@happybeing @eff Very intriguing concept, this is the way forward! Let's make sure this move by the copywrong backfires and actually spurs decentralization and innovation.

@quincy @eff glad you agree πŸ™‚.

Servers are a fundamental weakness so we need to provide systems that aren't dependent on them.

Not many people get that or can see how to achieve it, but it's what we need and what Safe Network is doing.


@happybeing @eff Absolutely. And this is true of all modes of collaboration. Instant messaging, forums, video calls, ... and source control. Whatever can be done without a central server, should be done without a central server!

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