If you rip YouTube music videos to those MP3 sites, this may come to an end very soon. Websites such as youtube-mp3.org and other similar sites are on the list to be sued.
“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”
-Phillip, owner of youtube-mp3.org
Since many artists post their music videos on YouTube, this is more like “marketing,” and the video is considered a promotion in a way. Warner Group Music, Universal, and Vevo have music videos from their artists. However, people abuse this, and download the videos to the converter site. They ignore the included links to buy on iTunes or Google Play.
These kind of websites in my opinion could be shut down really easily, leaving no room for argument. According to YouTube’s API terms of service, it forbids users from extracting individual elements from a video, the audio in this case, and then make any part of the video available for downloading. Video conversion websites do violate those services.
This will be very interesting to see how this turns out. I can see how angry some people would be about this, but it could benefit the music industry well. It won’t completely stop the downloading of illegal music, as there are many other music sharing websites out there. I’d like to hear your opinions, so please comment below. And be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates!