Lawyers from Google have been sending cease-and-desist letters to sites that serve their visitors by ‘ripping’ MP3s from YouTube videos. The letters, of which a sample is published on the TorrentFreak blog, threaten legal action if a site doesn’t comply. One of the sites in question, YouTube-MP3.org also claims their servers are now being blocked by YouTube so the conversion service has stopped working.
Google’s stats show YouTube-MP3.org has about 1.3 million visitors a day. The site uses YouTube’s Application Programming Interface (API) to do its work of loading the video and extracting the sound and converting it to MP3 to allow its visitors to download the MP3. Google says that this practice is violating the API terms of service, hence they have said that YouTube-MP3 conversion sites must be stopped. YouTube has, over time, managed to get major record labels like Warner and Universal to allow their videos to be shown on the site. It acts as a kind of promotional tool, sometimes there are actually links to online MP3 stores like iTunes and Amazon MP3 on the same page. When the YouTube URL is fed into a YouTube-MP3 conversion site all that promotional mechanism is bypassed.
Google, however, are not impressed with the activities of YouTube-MP3. In a letter dated June 8 sent to the site owner ‘Philip’ and shared with TorrentFreak, Associate Product Counsel at YouTube Harris Cohen makes the company’s position clear.
Citing the ToS for YouTube’s API, Cohen insists that offering any kind of service that allows YouTube content to be downloaded (as opposed to simply streamed) is prohibited......
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