The three major labels, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music, are teaming up to sue sites that allow users to rip and download audio from YouTube. The sites that are being sued are based in Russia and are called FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com. These sites have continued to operate even after receiving warning letters from the RIAA and IFPI.
“These sites have no place in today’s music market where fans have access to millions of songs from dozens of legitimate services that pay creators and value their work, all at the tap of a finger,” RIAA told Billboard. “This action should serve as an unmistakable warning to operators of similar sites that schemes to rob music creators and profit from the theft of their music will not be tolerated.”
Major labels have been making serious headway on allow content creators to use copyrighted music.
The lawsuit, which was filed on August 3 in the Eastern District of Virgina, states that the aforementioned companies see about 120 million monthly users. In layman’s terms, these sites allow the user to paste the URL of any YouTube video and download the audio in the form of an MP3 file. This is often done for music. Back in 2016, youtube-mp3.org got singed with a hefty copyright infringement lawsuit, which caused the site to shut down.