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NO MORE ACCUSING THE MP3 STREAM RIPPERS

Kashfia Nailah
NO MORE ACCUSING THE MP3 STREAM RIPPERS

Admit it, roaming YouTube would have been really exciting if only it had a download option. Luckily, there exists a number of external websites which are liable for copyright infringement but however, ables music lovers to download and convert their desired YouTube videos.

Recently, Electronic Front Foundation (EFF) defends such stream ripping websites as 'legal' whereas Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) goes against it on the grounds that such activities are illegitimate. 

Earlier this summertime, RIAA slams one of the YouTube to MP3 converter websites through a prolonged court battle. On this regards, EFF has written to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) notifying them of RIAA’s misconducts. The statement reads, “Websites that simply allow users to extract the audio track from a user-selected online video are not ‘illegal sites’ and are not liable for copyright infringement unless they engage in additional conduct that meets the definition of infringement.”

While there exists some illegal music acquiring platforms, there also exists some legitimate tools for the users to use. An old argument on the relationship between piracy and torrent reads, “There exists a vast and growing volume of online video that is licensed for free downloading and modification or contains audio tracks that are not subject to copyright. Moreover, many audio extractions qualify as non-infringing fair uses under copyright. Providing a service that is capable of extracting audio tracks for these lawful purposes is itself lawful, even if some users infringe.”

EFF contemplates these stream ripping websites does not breach any laws. Directly, sharing of such infringing content to the third party is a felony. However, most of the sites on RIAA’s hit list does nothing of such law-defying activity to be stated as cybercrime. Indeed, many are marketing themselves as YouTube Converters are also not violating the regulation. 

EFF concludes that the US government should verify each site on its own terms governed by the rules rather than depending on RIAA for judging the sites. 

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