The music industry’s fight against stream-ripping services continues, with German labels claiming the latest victory.
Spotify cracks down on stream-rippers using Audials software
When we write about stream-ripping, we tend to focus on YouTube, because that’s the platform that has attracted the most activity (and tools) for ripping streams into downloadable files – […]
Music bodies take down stream-manipulation sites in Brazil
Global industry body the IFPI and its various local members are continuing their fight against stream-manipulation websites, with Brazil the latest frontier in the battle.
Yesterday, the IFPI and Pro-Música Brasil announced that they have succeeded in getting 10 sites shut down this year; forced 20 more to stop offering these features; and have got 35 more sites de-listed from the Mercado Livre online marketplace.
This follows the shutdown of 14 other Brazilian sites late last year. “Streaming manipulation has no place in music; we continue to tackle it globally,” said IFPI boss Frances Moore.
However, on another facet of the IFPI’s activity around streaming – stream-ripping – it may not be so keen on developments in France, where (as TorrentFreak reports) the Ministry of Culture appears to have claimed that stream-ripping is legal IF it meets certain conditions: “It must be made from a lawful source at the request of the user, without being stored by the converter, and no circumvention of technical protection measures must be carried out”.
The latter point may be the one where the IFPI can argue its case though.
This story was amended after publication to clarify that the Brazilian announcement is about streaming manipulation, not ripping. Our bleary-eyed morning writer (me) is very sorry for the error.
UK High Court orders ISPs to block stream-ripping sites
The UK’s High Court has made a pair of rulings that could be extremely significant for the music industry’s battle against stream-ripping and piracy. The judgements came in a case […]
GitHub reinstates YouTube-DL project after RIAA takedown
GitHub is one of the most popular sites for developers in the world, hosting open source code and helping people manage their projects.
It’s also on a collision course with music rightsholders in the US, over a takedown notice sent to GitHub in October by industry body the RIAA focusing on a project called YouTube-DL – an open source repository that has been used by a number of sites and tools that enable YouTube videos to be downloaded.
The RIAA’s complaint pointed to the mention of specific music videos in YouTube-DL’s source code as evidence of its piratical uses, and GitHub duly took down the software. Until yesterday, when it put it back up again.
YouTube is trying to crack down on stream-ripping websites
There’s a long history of Google and YouTube being at loggerheads with music rightsholders over issues like (respectively) piracy and safe harbours. However, when it comes to the music industry’s latest piratical bugbear of stream-ripping, the two sides’ interests are aligned.
TorrentFreak has an interesting article based on an interview with the operator of several stream-ripping websites, talking about how YouTube has been trying to crack down on the sector.
Starting with cease-and-desist notices asking stream-ripping sites to comply with YouTube’s terms of services (which ban the practice), there is also a higher level. “Purges,” in the words of the operator. “If YouTube notices too many requests coming from a single IP address – it blocks that IP,” they said.
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 of these services has “dramatically” increased by 1,390% in the UK between 2016 and 2019, to become the most popular form of piracy. “Usage of stream-ripping services accounted for 80.2% of the top 50 specifically music infringing sites,” claimed the report.
There are some 900lb gorillas here too: one site, y2mate, is estimated to have accounted for 47% of the usage for those top 50 sites by October 2019.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]