Major record labels unite to take legal action against Youtube ripping websites

Posted 06 August 2018 16:38 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Universal, Sony and Warner Bros, the three largest record labels of the world, have sued two sites where YouTube videos can be downloaded as MP3 files. Both sites are reportedly managed from Russia and make use of servers located in Germany.

By taking the websites and offline, the record labels hope to bring an end to the so-called ripping of music, where music is copied from legal sources and the record labels miss out on revenue. and were on a list of most notorious piracy websites since 2017. This list was compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). According to court documents retrieved by the website Billboard, the websites attract 120 million visitors each month.

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