Earlier this month, the IFPI released survey results that showed 49% of internet users between the ages of 16 and 24 reported stream ripping within the six months that in April.
"YouTube-MP3 rapidly and seamlessly removes the audio tracks contained in videos streamed from YouTube, converts those audio tracks to an MP3 format, copies and stores them on YouTube-mp3's servers and then distributes copies of the MP3 audio files to users".
Stream-ripping, or the conversion of streamed content into downloadable files, has become a major problem for the recorded music industry, which reports a 50 percent increase in such unauthorized ripping in the USA from 2013 to 2015.
In the United Kingdom, the BPI, representing local record labels, put the stream-ripping site on formal notice of intended legal action if it does not cease infringing. The suit seeks to shutter the site, YTMP3, which is run by PMD boss Philip Matesanz.
The record companies want Web hosts, domain name registrars and other third parties to make it impossible to gain access to YouTube-mp3.org.
In the lawsuit, the labels contended that Youtube-mp3's "provision of an easy-to-use service for copyright infringement has caused and is causing plaintiffs significant and irreparable harm".
"Both the site and its operator have generated millions of dollars without paying any remuneration to artists and rights holders", according to the RIAA. While streams can be ripped from other music services and sites as well, YouTube's free site is the most popular source given its sheer scale, with more than 1 billion monthly users. "Stream ripping sites should not be allowed jeopardize this". "We are doing our part, but everyone in the music ecosystem who says they believe that artists should be compensated for their work has a role to play", Sherman says.
"We hope that responsible advertisers, search engines and hosting providers will also reflect on the ethics of supporting sites that enrich themselves by defrauding creators".