Google threatens YouTube music ripping sites with lawsuit

By on June 20, 2012
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Google cites Terms of Services that prohibits ripping videos or music from YouTube.

If you regularly use websites like KeepVid to rip videos off YouTube, or similar sites to rip music off it, you are just helping illegal activity, according to Google.

TorrentFreak reports Google has threatened “legal consequences” to two websites – and – that offer services that allows a user to rip music from any YouTube video they like. Below is a copy of a rather politely worded notification written by Associate Product Counsel of YouTube Harrish Cohen, provided by one of the websites to TorrentFreak.

Ripping videos or music off YouTube is a new trending method of piracy, where a user can simply download copyrighted material with the help of services provided by the aforementioned websites. Naturally, music labels aren’t too happy about it, and Google doesn’t like them unhappy, too.

According to Google, using applications “that separate, isolate, or modify the audio or video components of any YouTube audio/visual content made available through the YouTube API” is prohibited, which is exactly what those sites provide.

However, since using YouTube’s API is of concern, owner of YouTube-MP3 claims the website does not use the API at all. In fact, he believes the service provided by the website is legal, citing German laws which rules that recording off online content is similar to recording content off a TV.

As of now, Google has yet to take any action, and both the websites have refused to cooperate.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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