British industry body the BPI has been talking to news site The Independent about its battle against ‘stream-ripping’ websites, which enable people to download music from services like YouTube, against its terms and conditions.
The presentation of the BPI’s views is a little over-egged if we’re honest: “Websites dedicated to ‘stream ripping’ music from YouTube represent the biggest threat to the global music business, industry figures have warned, as a major crackdown seeks to address it” is the opening paragraph of the story.
BPI boss Geoff Taylor’s views seem to be more along the lines that stream-ripping could impede the growth of legal streaming services – not quite the existential thpirreat portrayed in the writeup. Still, he’s keen for more sites to be shut down following YouTube-MP3 and MP3Fiber.
“Although coordinated action by the record industry is delivering results, with major platforms like YouTube-mp3 closed down, we must continue to act against illegal sites that build huge fortunes by ripping off artists and labels,” said Taylor.