GitHub received 1,828 valid DMCA takedown notices last year, which resulted in the removal of 19,276 projects. Less than one percent of these projects were reinstated following retractions or counter-notices. The developer platform uses automated tools to scan for abuse, but this technology is not used for copyright infringements.
With over 200 million code repositories, GitHub takes prides in being the largest and most advanced development platform in the world.
As with other platforms that host user-generated content, this massive code library occasionally runs into copyright infringement troubles.
In some cases, people use code without permission from the creators, while others use GitHub to store pirated books or even music. And there are also developers whose projects are seen as pirate tools or apps, which often leads to copyright holder complaints.
A few high-profile cases have popped up over the years, including the RIAA’s takedown…