Appeals Court Hears RIAA and Yout in ‘High Stakes’ Stream-ripper Case
Do online services that allow users to download content from YouTube break the law? This question is at the center of a legal battle between Yout.com and the RIAA. Last year, the district court dismissed the case in favor of the music group, before getting properly started. The dispute is now at the Court of Appeals where YouTube’s absence in this “big stakes” matter was repeatedly mentioned.
At the end of 2020, the operator of one of the largest YouTube rippers took the unprecedented step of taking the music industry to court.
Yout.com’s Johnathan Nader had grown tired of the bombardment of DMCA takedown requests and allegedly defamatory claims. In response, he sued the RIAA, asking the federal court in Connecticut to declare his service non-infringing.
The RIAA and others were asking Google to remove so-called YouTube-rippers from search results. The music industry group believes that these sites should not be allowed to operate and filed a motion to dismiss Yout’s lawsuit.
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