Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels filed a lawsuit on Friday (Aug. 3) against two Russia-based illegal stream-ripping websites, FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com.
The websites allow users to rip the audio from videos on YouTube and combined receive more than 120 million monthly visitors, according to the suit filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. With some quick copy and pasting of URLs, a YouTube video is turned into a permanent MP3 format. The suit comes two years after a similar 2016 filing against the world’s largest stream-ripping site, YouTube-mp3.org for copyright violations. The site complied and agreed to shut down.