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MAJORS ALIGN TO HALT YOUTUBE RIPPING

All three major label groups, along with most associated subsidiaries, have filed suit against a website called YouTube-mp3.org, which enables people to rip a YouTube file and instantly transform it into a downloadable mp3. 

As the lawsuit points out, capturing digital content streamed over the Internet is known as "stream ripping," which in itself is a direct copyright violation. And from 2013 to 2015 alone there has been a 50% increase in unauthorized stream ripping in the U.S.

"The scale of Defendants’ infringing activity is enormous," the suit states. 

With the website being one of the most visited in the world for this sort of activity and the Plaintiffs themselves claiming they are the “easiest online service for converting videos to mp3,” it appears to be a very strong case.

But whether this new lawsuit will send a signal to help close the loop on hundreds of other sites just like this that now populate the web remains to be seen. 

If you're having a flashback to the whack-a-mole days of P2P sites (Grokster, Limewire, Kazaa, etc.), we recommend huffing a bowl of Emperor Cookie Dough, winner of the Denver Cannabis Cup.

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