The Recording Industry Association of America, the British Recorded Music Industry, and other industry lobbyists have shut down piracy site Youtube-mp3.org.
The site which facilitated illicit stream-ripping for the masses, shuttered to settle a US copyright infringement suit in Los Angeles. The site allowed pirates to drop a YouTube music video URL into a field on the site. Minutes later, users would get a fresh download of the music from the video. The site, according to the RIAA, was home to 60 million visitors a month.
RIAA claimed that Youtube-mp3.org, whose operator was based in Germany, was "responsible for upwards of 40 percent of all unlawful stream-ripping of music from YouTube in the world."