The platform used to convert YouTube videos to mp3 audio files. Pursued by the record companies, the site preferred to put the key under the door.
According to Torrent Freak, a definitive agreement was found between Youtube-mp3 and a grouping of labels including UMG, Sony Music and Warner Bros.
The document, which still awaits the signature of the judge, provides for a decision in favor of the labels on all counts. Site owner Philip Matesanz has agreed to pay a confidential settlement fee and transfer the domain name "www.youtube-mp3.org" to one of the record companies.
Like the Pirate Bay or T411, the site youtube-mp3.org was very popular with Internet users. It allowed, in just a few minutes, to convert YouTube videos to mp3 simply by submitting its URL. What to irritate labels and other rights holders.
40% of the illegal copies in the world
RIAA (), an inter-professional association advocating the interests of the record industry in the United States, considered youtube-mp3 as "the most important audio extraction site to the world. "
A complaint of copyright infringement was filed in a California federal court last year. According to the complainants, the site is responsible for " more than 40% " illegal audio extractions in the world. According to a study by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in 2016, audio extraction is one of the most important forms of piracy facing the record industry: almost half of 16-24 year olds used the site youtube-mp3.org.
304 songs were listed in the complaint, the plaintiffs respectively claimed $ 150,000 in damages and interest for each characterized copyright infringement. With millions of visitors per day on the site, labels ensured that " tens or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally duplicated and distributed by mining and streaming services each month."