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YouTube-to-MP3 converter service sued by record labels

Posted Sep 28, 2016 by Owen Weldon
YouTube-mp3.org is a popular site that rips audio from YouTube videos and it is being sued by a group of major record labels.
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A few of the record labels taking part in the lawsuit include Sony, Warner Brothers, Universal and Capitol. The group is suing YouTube-MP3 for every single instance of piracy the site is being accused of facilitating.
The plaintiffs claim the site provides users a way of engaging in copyright infringement, while they profit from their users' infringement. YouTube-MP3 is also accused of violating YouTube's terms of service, and the record labels are seeking $150,000 in damages for each case of piracy.
YouTube-MP3 has over 60 million users per month, but if the plaintiffs get their way, less people may visit the site. This is because they are seeking a court order that would allow third parties, web hosts and advertisers from facilitating access to the site.
When it comes to music markets, YouTube-MP3 is the most used music service in 13 of the leading markets, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry IFPI), one of the three organizations suing the website. The other two organizations include the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).
The website is based in Germany and the German Federal Ministry deemed the site was legal in 2011. However, it is only legal if the videos converted are intended to be used privately.
As of now, the U.S. has yet to have a court precedent in regards to sites like YouTube-MP3. The music groups are hoping that the practice will be deemed in violation of laws in the United States.
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said that music companies and digital services offers consumers plenty of legal options to listen to music, while artists and labels are compensated. He added that stream ripping sites can jeopardize that, and this shouldn't be allowed to happen.
If the lawsuit is successful, then legal action may be taken against other stream ripping sites. For now, YouTube-MP3 and the music industry has to wait and see what happens.