PRS for Music claims stream-ripping has grown ‘dramatically’
UK collecting society PRS for Music has published some research into the growth of 'stream-ripping' piracy: sites and tools that help people rip streams (e.g. from YouTube or Spotify) into downloads. It claims that usage...
September 16, 2020
YouTube may be blocking stream-ripping sites from ripping vids
Up to this point, much of the music industry’s action against ‘stream-ripping’ websites has been taken by industry bodies taking those sites to court and getting them shut down. Now it seems the main site from which...
July 11, 2019
German stream-ripping site Convert2MP3 is shutting down
Forget the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie: it’s stream-ripping websites that are putting Queen on our internal jukebox regularly at the moment. Every few months, another one bites the dust. The latest to bow after being...
June 24, 2019
RIAA appeals dismissal of case against stream-ripping site
We reported earlier this month on the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by US labels against Russian stream-ripping site FLVTO. Now the RIAA is launching an appeal against the decision, which was based on whether a US court...
January 30, 2019
Australian music industry wants to block stream-ripping sites
The latest front in the music industry’s battle against ‘stream-ripping’ sites is in Australia. These sites, which enable people to convert (for example) YouTube videos into downloadable MP3s, have been a bugbear for...
January 11, 2019
Labels say stream-ripping site had 31m US visitors in last year
A lawsuit in the US focusing on two Russian stream-ripping sites has thrown up some interesting stats on their popularity with American music fans. The three major labels, under the RIAA’s umbrella, are suing the developer...
October 22, 2018
BPI sees stream-ripping sites as threat to legal streaming
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.
September 3, 2018
Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites
Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal...
August 6, 2018
Danish court rules that stream-ripping is illegal
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...
July 11, 2018
Deezer takes action against ‘hacked versions’ of its app
Deezer has been cracking down on third-party apps and sites that stream-rip music from its service. Before Christmas, the streaming service sent takedown notices to development site GitHub for a number of tools, including...
January 2, 2018
EFF denies that stream-ripping is intrinsically illegal
In its recent ‘Notorious Markets’ submission to the US Trade Representative, the RIAA took aim once again at stream-ripping websites, which enable people to rip YouTube videos into downloadable MP3 files. Now campaigning...
October 23, 2017