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YouTube-MP3.org closes under legal pressure

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Popular stream ripping site YouTube-MP3.org, will finally close its doors after being slammed with a legal complaints by 15 of the top global record labels.

The site which allows you to convert YouTube videos to MP3 format, has agreed to cease operations and give up its domain to the RIAA after a complaint was filed by top record labels including UMG, Sony Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, and others.

The website appears to be on their radar mainly due to its popularity compared to other ripping sites.

Even though the complaint was filed a year ago, the two parties reached a settlements instead of battling it out in court, mainly because the YouTube converter site stood no chance against the music top dogs (and their band of lawyers). The website owners agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of money, and will soon give up access to the website and domain name.

However, sites like these are basically hydras, as cutting of the head will just result in another one growing. A simple Google search for “YouTube to MP3” reveals how many others there are like this.

Even if the RIAA somehow managed to stop the hundreds of sites that offer the same service, there are other similar tools such as Audacity which can record audio straight to your PC locally, rather than via a website.

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