Shutting Down The Most Popular YouTube Download Site
The final decision on the lawsuit against YouTube-MP3.org was launched by a number of record companies, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group among others.
The judge has not yet signed the document, but the decision is in favor of the companies. The site must pay a solid fine and surrender the domain to the plaintiffs. YouTube-MP3.org converts YouTube videos into high-quality MP3 files, which are then downloaded by the user. Converting a standard clip to an audio track takes 3-4 minutes. RIAA said it was the largest site in the world to retrieve audio from videos.
Recording companies filed a copyright infringement complaint last September, which says the site is responsible for 40% of all cases of illegal audio retrieval. The IFPI International Federation has suggested that this method of downloading music is one of the most blatant cases of piracy since almost half of 15 to 24-year-olds use sites like YouTube-MP3.org. The claim specifically lists 304 musical works illegally extracted from the videos. Record companies want $ 150,000 in each case for a proven copyright infringement.