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The popular ad-free YouTube app, ReVanced, has received two DMCA takedown notices from different organizations.
As first reported by TorrentFreak, the complaints alleged software used by the app to be infringing on these other applications.
As many know, ReVanced is a revamp of the once mega-popular YouTube Vanced application that was forced to shut down in early 2022.
The YouTube Vanced application received heavy pressure from Google representatives.
This came in the form of a cease and desist letter which Vanced complied with and ultimately removed download links for the application.
ReVanced then took over the project and created a similar option for viewing Ad-Free YouTube on Android phones and tablets.
Until now, the application has not received any legal pressure and continues to provide a great alternative to the official YouTube application.
However, 2 different DMCA Takedown notices appeared last week for ReVanced claiming functionality errors.
The first one came from the Android Application AnyTracker which is an all-encompassing tracker application for websites to track prices, stocks, and more.
The DMCA Claim noted that the ReVanced app has a patch repository with a notable problem:
The infringer is Revanced, specifically this repository: https://github.com/revanced/revanced-patches which lets users circumvent the Premium functionality of my app to become Premium for free (it is originally an in-app purchase).
You can find the official DMCA claim here: https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2022/12/2022-12-06-anytracker.md
A second notice also appeared from the German weather app Pflotsh which is also available in the Google Play Store.
This complaint alleged infringement for a similar reason which they stated in the takedown notice:
On GitHub at https://github.com/revanced/revanced-patches there is a patch that unlocks the subscription without payment for “Pflotsh ECMWF” and various other products.
You can find the complaint here: https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2022/12/2022-12-07-pflotsh.md
It is interesting to note that both DMCA notices were for patches within the ReVanced repository and not for the application itself.
Unlike the Vanced application, it seems as though ReVanced is still outside of Google’s crosshairs for the time being.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the future.
What do you think of the ReVanced application and the takedown notices it received?
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