Given the growth of the recorded-music market overall, it’s hard to make apocalyptic predictions about how specific forms of piracy will damage the industry.
Not that rightsholders haven’t been tempted to do that with ‘stream-ripping’, with several reports and industry-body announcements proclaiming that tools for turning YouTube streams into downloads are the new menace.
The industry has had some success in getting players like YouTube-MP3 shut down, which may also have contributed to the lack of a widespread panic about stream-ripping’s impact. Anyway, for people who are worried, there was some more good news this week, from Denmark.
Anti-piracy firm RightsAlliance has been working with the IFPI, collecting society Koda, the Danish Artist Union and the Danish Musicians Association to tackle a German site called Convert2MP3. Now a court has ruled that it is illegal, and thus that local ISPs can be ordered to block it.
“The result of the case is historic, as it is the first time worldwide that a stream-ripping service has been ordered to be blocked,” said Rights Alliance. Convert2MP3 did not participate in the case, according to TorrentFreak.