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The music industry’s fight against stream-ripping services continues, with German labels claiming the latest victory against one of the biggest sites: YouTube-DL.

Music bodies IFPI and BVMI have secured a court injunction against an individual accused of hosting the software, which enables people to rip the audio tracks from YouTube videos – thus creating free music downloads.

The Hamburg Regional Court issued the injunction which the IFPI says requires that individual to stop hosting YouTube-DL. It follows a previous ruling in Germany that also went the music industry’s way.

“The decision today from the Hamburg Regional Court builds on the precedent already set in Germany, further indicating that hosting stream ripping software of this nature is illegal,” said IFPI boss Frances Moore.

“The decision of the Hamburg Regional Court that the host provider must refrain from distributing the YouTube-DL software is consistent and important for the industry,” added BVMI chief Dr. Florian Drücke.

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