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.
"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)."