The IFPI and its member bodies have been taking on stream-ripping websites for several years now, seeing them as a new frontier for music piracy. The latest crackdown has come in India, where the Delhi High Court has ordered ISPs to block access to 20 stream-ripping sites.
IFPI and local body IMI brought the case on behalf of the three major labels’ Indian subsidiaries. The IFPI claimed that the 20 sites had been visited nearly 500m times in 2022 by people in India.
“Given that it’s the first time a website blocking order has been granted against stream ripping websites, this precedent is an important step in the right direction for the Indian recorded music industry,” said IMI boss Blaise Fernandes.