RIAA Targets Popular YouTube Ripper With 60M Monthly Views *TorrentFreak

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The RIAA’s legal campaign to crack down on tools and sites that use YouTube to provide unlicensed MP3 song downloads looks set to grow. A DMCA subpoena request filed in the United States reveals that the music industry group is trying to identify the operator of 320ytmp3.com, a massive YouTube ripping service with around 60 million monthly visits.

After more than two decades of declining fortunes, 2021 has been a banner year for global recorded music revenue.

With year-over-year growth of 18.5% and revenue of $25.9 billion, 2021 marked a return to levels last seen before Napster in the late 1990s. 20 years later, the music industry is still battling piracy, but against a relatively new enemy: YouTube’s ripping services.

By allowing users to access tracks on YouTube and convert them to MP3 downloads, tools like youtube-dl and sites like Yout, flvto and 2conv are all embroiled in lawsuits involving the IFPI and RIAA, in the United States and beyond.

That being said, there are always more targets for the majors and two more have just appeared on the radar.

The RIAA filed a complaint with Cloudflare

In emails dated March 29, the RIAA informed Cloudflare that “users of its system” are engaged in copyright infringement, so help is needed to track them down.

“We have a good faith belief that this activity is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. We assert that the information in this notification is accurate, based on the data available to us. ”, read the e-mails.

The RIAA emails to Cloudflare refer to two YouTube-style platforms – mp3download.to and 320ytmp3.com. According to SimilarWeb statistics, the traffic of the first varies between 3.5 and 6 million visits per month. The latter, on the other hand, is a much more popular resource.

In December 2021, January and February 2022, the site attracted between 53 million and 61.8 million visitors per month. Nearly 30% of users were from the United States, with the United Kingdom, Canada, and India occupying the rest of the top spots. This makes 320ytmp3.com one of the most popular sites of its type online today.

Cloudflare won’t do much without a court order

The RIAA emails asked Cloudflare to take immediate action against both platforms regarding the specific links cited in the RIAA’s complaints, which reference songs from Wham! and Chicago, among others. The emails also ask Cloudflare to “consider the widespread and repeat infringing nature” of the sites in light of the CDN provider’s repeat infringer policy.

In reality, however, the RIAA wants something more valuable.

Since Cloudflare will not give out customer details without permission, this week the RIAA also filed a DMCA subpoena in a California court. Listing the same musical works, the music industry group sought an order to compel Cloudflare to hand over the personal data of the people behind the two sites, including their names, physical addresses, IP addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. email and payment information.

The court quickly approved the request, which means Cloudflare is now required to turn over information to the RIAA so that its investigations can take it to the next level. Whether Cloudflare has useful information remains an open question, as sites have been known to sign up for the service using false information.

However, even in the absence of direct legal action against either platform, there is still a strong chance that one or both will appear in future ISP blocking injunctions ordered. by the court, mainly brought by ISPs outside the United States.

The RIAA recently filed DMCA takedown notices against 320ytmp3.com in an attempt to remove the site’s links from Google search. Many more have been filed with Google by the BPI in the UK (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) which could be a sign of an upcoming High Court claim.

Emails to Cloudflare and DMCA Subpoena Application can be found here (1,2, pdf)

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