Music Ripping Site Convert2MP3 Shuts Down Following Lawsuit

Posted: Jun 21 2019, 8:20pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 22 2019, 2:12am CDT , in Technology News


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Music ripping site Convert2MP3 shuts down following lawsuit
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The website had 684 million visits over the past year.

Popular audio ripping site Convert2MP3 has shut down worldwide following a years-long lawsuit from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, a non-profit organization that has been advocating against piracy worldwide.

Convert2MP3 is a site where internet users can paste links from YouTube and other streaming sources and download them for free. This, according to the IFPI in a statement, “exploit high levels of traffic to profit from advertising but pay nothing back to artists or creators.”

After suing Convert2MP3 in 2017, the IFPI said the website, which is based in Germany, has agreed not to infringe the rights of record companies in the future as part of a settlement that was reached by both parties. The IFPI lodged the suit in partnership with the Bundesverband Musikindustrie, or BVMI, which represents the music industry in Germany.

In addition to shutting down globally and committing to not infringe any licensed music in the future, Convert2MP3 has also agreed to surrender its domains and to pay a fine. The IFPI did not disclose the size of the financial compensation involved.

The settlement follows a German court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction against Convert2mp3.

Convert2MP3’s website now shows the logo of the IFPI and the BVMI and a note saying: “This site has been shut down following legal action for copyright infringement.”

“The successful outcome of this case sends a clear signal to other stream ripping sites that they should stop their copyright infringing activities or face legal action,” IFPI CEO Frances Moore said in a statement.

The IFPI noted that over the past 12 months, Convert2MP3 had about 684 million visits from around the world. In the era of Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming apps, the anti-piracy body estimates that 38% of internet users consume music through copyright infringement. In its 2018 Music Consumer Insight Report, the IFPI said 32% of all consumers download music through streaming app, 23% download music through cyberlockers or P2P, while 17% of all consumers use search engines to locate infringing content.

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