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 FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com 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.
FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com 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.