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RIAA Forces Shut Down Of Top Streamripper YouTube-MP3

image from www.freesoftwarefiles.comPopular YouTube ripping site, YouTube-MP3, is shutting down and giving its domain to the RIAA, as part of a private settlement that will end a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by several major labels last year.


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At its peak, millions visited every day, ripping tens of millions of tracks from YouTube music videos. Last year a coalition of record labels represented by the RIAA took the site to court. “Through the promise of illicit delivery of free music, Defendants have attracted millions of users to the website, which in turn generates advertising revenues for Defendants,” the labels argued.

Now as part of a private settlement, the site is shutting down and its domain being transferred to the RIAA.   The site's founder has also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and agreed in the future to to not “knowingly designing, developing, offering, or operating any technology or service that allows or facilitates the practice commonly known as “streamripping.”


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  1. Google/YouTube cheerfully transferred the wealth from those writing songs, to those writing code, removing the commodity of music as a sellable item. We all witnessed the online overthrow of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 Guaranty of Copyright. Not to mention that the corporate tracking of Citizens also overthrows their Right to Privacy. Google is the enemy of Constitutional Rights. Martin Luther King is rolling in his grave, as the old saying goes. I feel sorry for my son’s future under this tech terrorism, which so far has led to the return of Nazis under a Tweeting POTUS who has requested online information about those against him.

  2. Google/YouTube is a leech, the greatest pirate channel of all. So much illicit content and so little done to make it legitimate. Google/YouTube does nothing to protect the intellectual property of those who create its “content”; ironic and hypocritical for a company whose only asset is its own intellectual property.

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