YouTube to MP3 converter sites shut down following piracy crackdown

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Popular YouTube riping site YouTube-MP3.org is to close following legal action by some of the world’s biggest record labels.

The site enables users to easily ‘rip’ or convert videos from YouTube into MP3 file format.

The service is free of charge and users can convert files in a matter of minutes.

However, the site had been the subject of legal action by a coalition of record labels made up of Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records.

Following the legal action, the site has now agreed to shut down, Torrent Freak reported.

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The record labels claimed that they and their recording artists were being deprived of revenue at the operators of the YouTube-MP3.org were profiting from running the site.

“Through the promise of illicit delivery of free music, Defendants have attracted millions of users to the YTMP3 website, which in turn generates advertising revenues for Defendants,” the lables argued.

Philip Matesanz the creator of the YouTube-MP3 site has also been banned from “knowingly designing, developing, offering, or operating any technology or service that allows or facilitates the practice commonly known as ‘streamripping’”.

However, at the time of publishing, the site remained online.

“YouTube-mp3.org is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3,” the site reads.

“You do not need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL. We will start to convert the audiotrack of your videofile to mp3 as soon as you have submitted it and you will be able to download it.”

Meanwhile, MacRumours reports that other popular YouTube ripping apps are also closing down amid a crackdown on piracy.

The ProTube app was recently removed from the App Store after Apple recieved an official takedown request from Google, which of course owns YouTube.

Jonas Gessner, the creator of the app said in statement: “I am very sad to announce that ProTube was removed from the App Store by Apple on September 1, 2017. This comes after multiple requests and threats by YouTube which ultimately led Apple to suddenly pulling the app from the App Store.”

Gessner also said he is aware of other third party apps and sites which allow users to rip songs from YouTube being targeted and expects them to shut down imminently.

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