September 12, 2017:BPI calls for YouTube to do more about stream-ripping

Hot on the heels of reaching a settlement with YouTube-MP3 that took the stream-ripping site offline, UK industry body the BPI is turning its attention to other sites. But also the service that they leech off.

CEO Geoff Taylor has been telling TorrentFreak that YouTube should take more responsibility for dealing with sites that help people to convert its videos into music downloads.

“BPI and other music industry bodies have been urging YouTube for several years to take effective action to block access to its servers for stream ripping sites, which infringe copyright on a huge scale and also breach YouTube’s terms of service,” said Taylor.

“There are more steps YouTube could take to prevent stream ripping but so far the music community has been forced to pursue the stream ripping sites directly.”

YouTube’s parent company has also been criticised by former RIAA executive Neil Turkewitz, who claims that its search engine still suggests ‘YouTube to MP3’ as an auto-complete search result for people searching for YouTube.

Stuart Dredge
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