We All visit YouTube to listen to our favorite songs or watch our favorite movies but when it comes to having an offline soft copy of it many of us or I may say a majority of the users go by the “pirated” way. They just open an online stream ripping website and get their song “ripped” from the website that is ready to be downloaded.
One such website is Youtube-mp3.org, which finally gets sued by various record labels and artists around the world for a reason that is obvious but there is more to it rather than just “ripping”.
The website Youtube-mp3 is said to be the world’s largest YouTube ripping website alive with around 60 million monthly visits. The service is absolutely free and the website is said to be earning through advertisements and promotions. The website is in great problem now as many big music industry bodies are suing it directly for copyright infringement which includes RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), and the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).
The reason is well known but IFPI reported it in much depth, According to IFPI’s report YouTube has been the leading online streaming website since ages and according to a survey done among 13 major markets it was found out that out of the total people visiting YouTube around 50% of the audience in the age group of 16-24 years, admitted that they websites like youtube-mp3.org to download their music and escape from “paying” for the music they “love”.
This is rather an alarming situation for YouTube as well as the music industry and its no doubt now that why after so many years of sleep these music industry bodies are finally approaching legal bodies for justice.
Here is the statement snippet by all the record labels on the matter, “Defendants are depriving Plaintiffs and their recording artists of the fruits of their labor, Defendants are profiting from the operation of the YTMP3 website. Through the promise of illicit delivery of free music, Defendants have attracted millions of users to the YTMP3 website, which in turn generates advertising revenues for Defendants.” The Chief of IFPI Frances Moore also mentioned the effect of the site saying, “Music companies and digital services today offer fans more options than ever before to listen to music legally, when and where they want to do so – over hundreds of services with scores of millions of tracks – all while compensating artists and labels. Stream ripping sites should not be allowed jeopardize this.”
If this happens then all the “piracy downloaders” will see the darkest days as if one site will be legally shut down then there is no doubt that slowly and gradually every site that distributes pirated content would be taken down.