Google Threatens Legal Action Against YouTube-MP3 Conversion Sites

By Megan O'Neill 

There are a whole slew of sites out there that let users download YouTube videos and convert them to MP3s or other formats.  One of the largest of these sites is YouTube-MP3, self-described as “the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3.”  But it looks like Google is trying to put a damper on these types of sites, threatening legal action.

TorrentFreak reports that, “Google are threatening action against one of the web’s largest YouTube conversion sites.  The site, which according to Google’s own stats is pulling in 1.3 million visitors every day, extracts MP3 audio from YouTube videos and makes it available for users to download.  Google’s lawyers say this must stop, and have given the site seven days to comply.”

In a letter, which was purportedly sent to YouTube-MP3 by Associate Product Counsel at YouTube Harris Cohen, and shared with TorrentFreak, Cohen cites YouTube’s Terms of Service and points out that it is prohibited to offer a service that allows YouTube content to be downloaded, as opposed to streamed.  He adds that to “separate, isolate, or modify the audio or video components of any YouTube audiovisual content made available through the YouTube API” is forbidden.

“Philip” of YouTube-MP3 told TorrentFreak, “We would estimate that there are roughly 200 million people across the world that make use of services like ours and Google doesn’t just ignore all these people, they are about to criminalize them.  With the way they are interpreting and creating their ToS every one of those 200 million users is threatened to be sued by Google.”  He has responded to YouTube to let them know that his site services tens of millions of users and has asked for a call with the online video giant to discuss the matter further.

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.