High Court: YouTube-Ripping is Illegal. UK National Newspaper: Totally Legal
Ripping YouTube streams to MP3 files is something millions of people do every day. Most probably have no idea of the legal battles playing out behind the scenes, including at the High Court in London which declared YouTube ripping illegal in 2021. Those who rely on UK national newspaper The Sun for their cutting-edge legal advice know that the High Court was wrong and YouTube ripping is entirely legal.
Given the popularity of YouTube and the huge number of websites and apps that allow people to rip music from the platform, the conflict surrounding ‘stream-ripping’ shouldn’t be underestimated.
Downloading a track takes about the same time as a shrug of the shoulders followed by an internal “who cares?” Multiply that by hundreds of millions of people shrugging several times a week, and the answer is “the recording industry, big time.”
Many people in the UK, especially younger people, believe that listening to music on YouTube and ripping songs from YouTube are broadly the same thing. Both options are free; what’s the problem? Strangely, the value of ‘likes’ and ‘views’ is comprehensively understood when the topic of conversation isn’t centered on ripping music from YouTube.
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