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libreleah wrote (edited )

youtube-dl doesn't actually execute the javascript. swiftgeek and i studied this when someone asked in #libreboot IRC (we obviously told them it was off-topic). youtube-dl only uses the javascript to derive a URL to the video, without running the JS code itself. no non-free code is ever executed.

see: https://github.com/rg3/youtube-dl/blob/master/youtube_dl/jsinterp.py

youtube-dl is perfectly ok to use from freedom perspective