Popular YouTube stream ripping site to shut down2017-09-05 16:54 by Daniela
The most popular stream ripping site - YouTube-MP3.org will soon shut down. Record labels have reached a deal with the site, whereby the site's owner will pay a fine and hand over the domain to one of the labels, effectively killing it.
The studios, including Sony and Warner Bros, sued YouTube-MP3 (which is not related to YouTube) in 2016, accusing it of violating the copyrights they hold in the recordings of popular artists like Bruno Mars, Kesha, and Beyonce.
In a proposed settlement filed on September 1 in federal court in Los Angeles, the Germany-based website agrees to suspend the service and acknowledged is engaged in a variety of copyright infractions.
YouTube-MP3.org allows its visitors to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files, which they can then listen to where and whenever they want. The music industry sees such "stream ripping" sites as a serious threat to its revenues, worse than traditional pirate sites.
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