Open Sourcing the YouTube Download Script? Yea or Nay?

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Every once in a while, I get either the urge or an email begging me to Open Source the Download from YouTube script.  The idea of doing so has been in the back of my mind for quite some time although managing yet another project isn’t on the top of my list. (Anyone remember that Supermarket script I wrote a few year back?)

The idea of doing so was raised in a pair of emails this morning that showed up in my inbox.  One of them basically consisted of “PLZ!!!! U SEND ME YOUTUBE SCRITP?  ME WANT NOW!!!!!”  That really makes me want to do it.

A couple of years ago, I got offered $500 for both the site and the domain.  Silly me turned them down as I kind of liked the idea of having something of my own to work on.  I had plans for the domain as well.

One of the problems with releasing the code is the question of licensing of the actual code.  The original code that I downloaded many years ago didn’t include any licensing with the file.  I’ve tried to contact the original author on a number of occasions, both with questions about the licensing as well as fixes for the code.  Since the code file that is still available still consists of the original code that no longer works and the developer has never replied, I don’t think he’s too interested in the project any more.

The code is a mess though.  I’ve built onto the original download with my own code and there’s a lot of hacks in there.  Doing a complete from the ground up rewrite would probably be best.  Get around any licensing issues as well.

I have to admit that I’ve had a bunch of additions I’ve always wanted to add on to it.  A thumbnail of the video would be great. (The Download Videos from Dailymotion site has this.) Stats like the last ten videos downloaded or what’s popular would also be a plus.  Stuff like that I’ve wanted to add in would be great.  Actually having instructions would also be a plus.

Anyone care to weigh in? (Hopefully with an intelligent response?)

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