Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos
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Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels are suing the operators of YouTube-mp3.org, a service that allows its users to rip the audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The plaintiffs filed a copyright lawsuit in California federal court, stating, “Stream ripping has become a major threat to the music industry, functioning as an unlawful substitute for the purchase of recorded music and the purchase of subscriptions to authorized streaming services.”
With a few simple mouse clicks, the lawsuit reports, infringing copies of sound recordings are made available in MP3 format. The plaintiffs suggest that “tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream ripping services each month.”
Google, which owns YouTube, is not a party in this lawsuit, but the record labels also claim the defendants are illicitly circumventing technology measures that YouTube has implemented to control access to and prevent copying of works.
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