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RIAA Discards EFF’s YouTube-DL Letter, Notes That it ‘Regularly Sides With Infringers’ * TorrentFreak

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YouTube rippers and are contesting Magistrate Judge Buchanan’s recommendation to award $82 million in piracy damages to the RIAA. The YouTube-rippers cited a letter where the EFF defends the non-infringing nature of the youtube-dl software. The RIAA, however, argues that this letter is irrelevant and suggests that the EFF is far from a neutral expert.

flvtoLast October, the RIAA secured a major victory in its piracy lawsuit against YouTube-rippers and, and their Russian operator Tofig Kurbanov.

A Virginia federal court issued a default judgment in favor of several prominent music companies after the defendant walked away from the lawsuit.

According to the order, there is a clear need to deter the behavior of Kurbanov who failed to hand over evidence including server logs. “A less drastic sanction is unlikely to salvage this case,” the Judge wrote.

Following this win, the RIAA asked for an…

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