Google set to move in on sites who rip audio from YouTube videos and turn into mp3′s

By ajcolores

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It seems as if 2012 has been the year of illegal downloading contraversy, with Kim Dotcom being arrested and his file sharing platform 'Megaupload' being shut down and his assets seized, to a UK student being extradited to the US for his website that had a range of links to viewing a whole host of films and television programmes, and now Google are stepping in.

The internet giants are stepping in to tackle websites that convert YouTube videos to mp3 files, reported Billboard.

Google, who owns YouTube, a website which hosts an innumberable amount of videos from unsigned artists to major musicians, and are focusing on blocking these sites, which have been set up explicitly to rip the audio from these videos.

There are a number of these sites who offer ripping the audio from videos, and Google are rooting out the biggest ones and stating they have a mandate from their users to protect how the content they upload to YouTube is shared and disseminated.

Over the past week, Emily White, an intern at NPR annoyed quite a few people with her confession where she explains that up to half of her iTunes music library is pirated.

Emily states:

"I am an avid music listener, concertgoer, and college radio DJ. My world is music-centric. I've only bought 15 CDs in my lifetime. Yet, my entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs...But I didn't illegally download (most) of my songs. A few are, admittedly, from a stint in the 5th grade with the file-sharing program Kazaa. Some are from my family. I've swapped hundreds of mix CDs with friends. My senior prom date took my iPod home once and returned it to me with 15 gigs of Big Star, The Velvet Underground and Yo La Tengo (I owe him one)."
There is no word on whether this move is related to the debate on illegal music downloading, or whether it has been in the pipelines for quite some time.

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