Google Plans to Sue Youtube-MP3 Conversion Website
Google is planning to pursue legal action against a huge Youtube to MP3 conversion website that makes use of YouTube videos to extract MP3 audio and makes it available for site members to download. This official move by Google was written in a letter sent to YouTube-MP3.org, the video-MP3 conversion website in question, and seen by Bittorent site Torrentfreak. In a letter dated June 8, Google’s lawyers have warned You-tube-MP3.org that their conversion and download services must stop immediately and compliance should be done within seven days.
Google is not pleased with the services offered by YouTube-MP3.org, and this is clear in a letter sent by Associate Product Counsel for YouTube Harris Cohen to the owner of the Youtube-MP3 site, known only as ‘Philip’. Cohen reminded Philip that YouTube, as indicated in its Terms of Service, prohibits any third-party site from offering services allowing for the download of any content accessed through the site. Continued violations may lead to legal consequences, YouTube’s Harris Cohen adds. According to Google statistics, up to 1.3 million web users access YouTube-MP3.org on a daily basis.
In report published by Torrentfreak at their site, Philip of Youtube-MP3 already sent a reply to Cohen, which discussed information about the YouTube-MP3 website, including its wide user base numbering in tens of millions. Philip also indicated his interest to make discussions with YouTube regarding the matter.
In a statement published at the YouTube-MP3 website, Philip adds the following: “Since there are tens of millions of real people using this service we thought Google would be willing to have a quick chat. But the opposite was the case. There was no interest whatsoever for a simple call; they don’t care about all these people that want to use such service.”
“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 those people, they are about to criminalize them. With the way they are interpreting and created their TOS, every one of those 200 million users is threatened to be sued by Google.
Google has not released, as of date, any official statement regarding the matter.