Copyright Alliance Backs RIAA in Key YouTube Ripper Lawsuit
The Copyright Alliance has filed an amicus curiae brief backing the RIAA in its legal battle with stream-ripping site Yout.com. The non-profit group, which represents rightsholders in key legal and policy issues, claims that numerous business models will be devastated if YouTube ripping is declared legal.
Most artists and music labels share their music with the public on YouTube, free of charge.
The popular video platform has become an important promotional channel that brings in billions of dollars of advertising revenue every year.
The success story has a downside, however. Millions of people use so-called stream-ripping websites to download music tracks from YouTube, without permission. YouTube’s terms and service prohibit this activity but there are hundreds of online tools through which people can easily ‘rip’ and download content from the site.
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