Youtube-MP3 is a popular site that gives users the chance to turn their favorite YouTube videos into the more convenient format of an MP3. However, judges found that this online service is actually a piracy website. Therefore, the owner settled the case by agreeing to turn it down.
YouTube-MP3 Offered Stream-Ripping Services Free of Charge
YouTube-MP3 might have been a major player that turned stream-ripping software into the most widely spread form of music piracy. The website continues to roll out at the moment. However, it won’t be able to run the software any longer as it entered into conflict with the US Recording Industry Association of America. On the other hand, the website became unusable for people in the United Kingdom.
The service used to be the most convenient form of music piracy. Users didn’t need any account. Instead, they had to merely introduce a YouTube URL in a local box and wait for the magic to happen. The website would convert the audio link into an MP3 format. The final step was for users to press a new link to download their music. There were no hidden charges or fees on YouTube-MP3.
The Domain Name of the Piracy Website Will Pass on to One of the Plaintiffs
The lawsuit against this piracy website started last year when the California federal court received allegations for a case against this service. The complaint came from three organizations. These are International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Recording Industry Association of America, and British Recorded Music Industry.
The allegations regarded more than copyright infringement. The website was culpable for also undermining the copying protection mechanism that YouTube featured and violating the DMCA.
As the three agencies won the case, the website’s owner will no longer be allowed to get involved in any kind of piracy practice. On top of that, the defendant has to shift control of the domain name over to one of the record labels that suffered business damages because of it.
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