Popular Ripping Site YouTube-MP3.org Will Likely Close Down

The RIAA may soon succeed in closing down YouTube-MP3.org, reports Music Business Worldwide.


The site, launched and operated by Philip Matesanz, attracted 60 million aspiring music producers and unlawful downloaders every month. It was responsible for over 40% of illegal music downloads from YouTube, according to one estimate.

Last Friday, a proposed final judgement was handed down at the District Court of the Central District of California. If adopted, Matesanz and the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) will reach a settlement that will include a cash fee for the plaintiffs, which include a number of major and independent records labels. It would also prevent Matesanz from ever launching YouTube-MP3.org or another similar web ripper.

Read the full proposed settlement here.

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