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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] youtube-dl might be running non-free software from

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] youtube-dl might be running non-free software from
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:34:45 +0300

On Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 11:54:50PM +0000, address@hidden wrote:
> * The program is used to violate TOS, but software freedom 0 says we have
> the right to use a program for any purpose.
> [4]
> What would a completely libre version of youtube-dl look it? I think that it
> would only work on sites whose TOS support downloading videos, and only does
> so for videos which have some kind of creative commons/free culture license.

After small research, for videos clearly licensed under Creative
Commons, YouTube has this page:

Sample video is here:

YouTube is pointing directly from this page to the license,
there is link to

And in simple words, the licensing terms are here:

whereby it says:


Under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the
license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any
reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor
endorses you or your use.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or
technological measures that legally restrict others from doing
anything the license permits.

End of quote

Conclusion is that YouTube "Terms of Conditions" for Creative Commons
licensed videos are illegal and contrary to the creative commons, and
this matter shall be escalated intentionally, because YouTube is
intentionally providing technological measures and on top of that the
"Terms" which legally restrict others in downloading such videos.

I am sure that with little more public relations, publishing of this
fact, and protests on measures and Terms against downloading of CC
licensed videos, that YouTube may even come up with the direct
download link for such videos.


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