YouTube cracks down on stream-ripping sites that pirate music

CNET | 7/18/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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YouTube is the world's biggest online video source, with 2 billion logged-in viewers visiting monthly.

YouTube has caught the attention of a high-level congressional office that's asking questions about some of its copyright practices, an inquiry that comes as the massive video site cracks down on stream ripping, a type of music piracy. Stream ripping swipes audio tracks off YouTube videos and spits them out as MP3 downloads.

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The office of the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, reached out to Google late last week about YouTube's actions on stream ripping because of his longstanding concern about piracy, according to a person familiar with the matter. A second industry source said content protection organizations outside the US have also been working to verify whether YouTube was putting new measures in place to block stream ripping.

YouTube declined to comment on whether it had been contacted by Nadler's office, but it confirmed it has elevated its blocking of stream-ripping sites, which violate its terms of service. YouTube is the world's biggest online video source, with 2 billion logged-in visitors every month.

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"As part of our ongoing efforts to enforce YouTube's terms of service, we're constantly making improvements and one of the recent changes resulted in the blocking of some MP3 stream ripping sites," YouTube said in a statement. "It's our desire to be good partners to our content licensors as our interests are aligned on thwarting violative downloads and downloader sites."

Nadler's office didn't offer a comment.

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