Google Warns To Sue Website that Enables Conversion of YouTube Videos
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As many may know by now, there are many websites which convert YouTube links to mp3s, and one prominent service is YouTube-mp3.org, which now risks being sued by Google.
According to Google’s statistics the website providing with the extraction of mp3s from YouTube videos has 1.3 million visitors each day.
Being the largest source of free videos, YouTube is now concerned with the implications of these numbers.
To better understand how YouTube works, one should know that a video can be watched on their website, embedded in any page by using a unique code, or accessed through YouTube’s API (Application Programming Interface).
The API is not without rules, and these rules are set by YouTube’s Terms of Service. One service to take advantage on the API is youtube-mp3.org – a portal which allows its users to use basically any YouTube URL and transform it into an mp3 file within minutes.
Harris Cohen – Associate Product Counsel for YouTube – had sent a letter on June the 8th to “Philip” – the owner of the conversion service. In the letter he cites YouTube’s Terms of Service which clearly state that downloading YouTube content is strictly prohibited.
In addition, he highlights that to “separate, isolate, or modify the audio or video components of any YouTube audiovisual content made available through the YouTube API” is also forbidden.
If the website continues to offer its service, it may risk facing “legal consequences” as Cohen warned. The site was given seven days to comply.
TorrentFreak was contacted by Philip who confirmed that Cohen also received a letter in which he was explained that tens of millions of users are using his website and that negotiations should be carried out.
But Google is not so eager to talk Philip and – to make its statement crystal clear – has blocked all of YouTube-mp3’s servers from getting access to YouTube.
Philip said on his main website:
“We would estimate that there are roughly 200 million people across the world that make use of services like ours and Google doesn’t just ignore all those people, they are about to criminalize them. With the way they are interpreting and creating their ToS every one of those 200 million users is threatened to be sued by Google.”
Under the pressure of major record labels, YouTube is trying to stay as far as possible from copyright infringement by complying with the DMCA. It’s most likely that YouTube’s stance on this matter is going to be supported by the studios, and probably will add a plus on their effort to combat piracy.
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