Invidious, an alternative privacy-focused front-end for YouTube, has hit a roadblock. YouTube’s legal team dispatched a cease-and-desist letter to the developers behind the tool, as reported by TorrentFreak. Through Invidious, users can evade invasive ads and tracking by accessing YouTube content via a distinct interface and domain.
Pushback from Invidious: The developers refute YouTube’s claims, pointing out that Invidious does not use YouTube’s API. TheFrenchGhosty, a member of the Invidious team, clarified on GitHub; “[YouTube/Google] don’t understand that we never agreed to any of their TOS/policies, they don’t understand that we don’t use their API.”
What’s Next: The Invidious team has decided not to comply with the cease-and-desist notice. TheFrenchGhosty further commented, “Things will continue normally until they can’t anymore. Assume it’s just the start. Assume they’ll ask GitHub to takedown the repos (if so go to our Gitea). Assume the team won’t be able to work on Invidious. You know what you have to do.” While they remain steadfast, the team acknowledges the uncertainty of the outcome.
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