Russian search engine Yandex isn’t happy at all about a tool enabling people to download MP3 files from its licensed music-streaming service. The company, which has deals with all three major labels, has taken action against a tool called Yandex Music Downloader, getting it removed from development site Github on the grounds of facilitating copyright infringement.
The software has been removed from Github, but Yandex appears to have a battle on its hands on the wider web. As TorrentFreak noted: “A cursory Google search reveals plenty of alternative tools which provide high-quality MP3s on tap”. For so long, Russia’s music rightsholders have complained about the effect of unlicensed downloads on social network vKontakte. Now, it seems, the villain may shift to third-party tools ripping tracks from Russia’s newly-legal streaming services.