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Good news for rights-holders: the world’s most popular online tool for ‘stream ripping’ audio from YouTube is shutting down following a legal battle with US recorded music body the RIAA.
YouTube-MP3.org (‘YouTube to MP3) was taken to court by a coalition of the major record labels last year.
Now, according to a proposed final judgment filed at the District Court of the Central District of California on Friday (September 1), it’s the end of the road for the site – which attracts over 60 million users each month.
The proposed settlement, which appears to have been agreed by both sides, would see YouTube-MP3.org owner Philip Matesanz stump up a fee for the plaintiffs.
In addition, Matesanz would be barred from ever operating YouTube to MP3 – or any stream-ripping portal – again, while ownership of the site’s domain would transfer to a party of the RIAA’s choosing….
Matesanz will also be legally banned from any form of future copyright infringement involving the majors’ repertoire – as well as “knowingly designing, developing, offering, or operating any technology or service that allows or facilitates the practice commonly known as ‘streamripping’”.