YouTube-MP3 which is a popular website that enables users to download videos from YouTube, extract MP3 versions and record songs off YouTube like we used to with tapes years ago, is set to close down due to copyright violations. The website, which has constantly grown to be the most common way music is pirated has led to a legal fight with the United States Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and copyright enforcement agents in general.
The site is currently live and still offering her services to users but has agreed to shut down and pay an undisclosed sum to record companies in settlement for the damages done.
It has affirmed that the service is not available from your UK jurisdiction meaning that the service has already been legally squashed in the UK.
The YouTube-MP3 website states:
“Different from other services the whole conversion process will be performed by our infrastructure and you only have to download the audio file from our servers. Because of this our software is platform-independent: You can use it with your Mac, a Linux PC or even an iPhone…All our conversions will be performed in high-quality mode with a bit-rate of at least 128 kBit/s. Do not worry, our service is completely free. We need approximately three to four minutes per video.”
According to TorrentFreak, the site operators have come to an agreement with the RIAA and will be shutting down as the site had been charged of going against DMCA rules and YouTube’s terms and conditions.
“Through the promise of illicit delivery of free music, Defendants have attracted millions of users to the [YouTube-MP3] website, which in turn generates advertising revenues for Defendants,” claimed the court papers filed by the RIAA on behalf of a number of record companies.