And the latest web service to get taken to court is…. YouTube-MP3.org!
TorrentFreak reports that Germany’s BVMI (The Federal Association of Music Industry) sued the German YouTube-MP3 site, which allows users to convert YouTube videos to downloadable MP3s by simply entering the URL.
BVMI didn’t like the fact that YouTube-MP3 stores audio files to avoid converting the same video more than once, saying this aspect breached copyright laws. BVMI’s Managing Director claims this “not only hoodwinks the rights owners but also misleads the users of these services”. Are users really concerned with how they get their free MP3s?
The site has agreed to change the caching aspect of the service, no longer holding and distributing copyrighted content.
In exchange they are allowed to continue ripping YouTube videos.
Google threatened the site with legal action last year, but didn’t act on those threats.
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