Google is trying to rein in a German-based website that creates MP3s by ripping audio from YouTube videos.
Philip Matesanz, owner of youtube-mp3.org, said he received a cease and desist letter from Google on June 9 for his website. The website allows users to send in the link of a YouTube video and receive an MP3 copy of its audio. It’s an effective way to grab free song files.
This type of legal action isn’t new or unusual for the company, which alerts many websites and individuals when they’re in violation of YouTube’s terms of service. YouTube’s terms of service say in part, “Content is provided to you AS IS.”
But Matesanz, a 21-year-old student, insists his service is legal in Germany.
“I tried to explain to [YouTube counsel] Harris Cohen how this market works and that I don’t intend to create any harm to YouTube users or YouTube itself,” Matesanz, whose first language is German, said. “I got a reply [that] was not very nice.”