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It's good to see reinstating youtube-dl, but it is mildly infuriating how they try to spin it like they did nothing wrong in the first place:

" When we see it is possible to modify a project to remove allegedly infringing content, we give the owners a chance to fix problems before we take content down.

That’s what happened in this case. ...we were able to reinstate a fork of youtube-dl

A fork isn't the original. You took down the original right away.

github.blog/2020-11-16-standin

Considering how they have a section about improving their processes going forward, they all but admit that they screwed up here.

An open admission would've been much more kindly received.

Additionally, it's worth nothing that the entire reason why they were able to reinstate the repo was because of the writing to them.

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However:

"Then, after we received new information that showed the youtube-dl project does not in fact violate the DMCA‘s anticircumvention prohibitions, we concluded that the allegations did not establish a violation of the law.

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Based on all of this, we reinstated the youtube-dl project and will be providing options for reinstatement to all of its forks."

@fribbledom

Right. And that's good. I just had a problem with them saying that they do not take projects down right away and backing that up with a fork, when they clearly did take down the original immediately and a fork is clearly not the same as the original. GitHub of all organizations should understand the difference, that's all.

Their improvements seems genuinely like good ones, especially the free review by a technical expert.

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