Youtube downloaders, the target of the music industry

Brian Adam

In today’s digital world, music and videos are mostly consumed through online platforms like YouTube. However, a problem arises when users want to enjoy these contents offline. This is where the youtube downloadersalso known as youtube rippers. These tools allow users to download and save YouTube video and audio files to their devices. But what happens when these practices clash with copyright and music company policies?

Conflict with the music industry

The music industry has had a strained relationship with YouTube for a long time. In addition to arguments that the Google-owned company doesn’t pay artists enough for the use of their music or doesn’t allow them full control over how it’s used, the problem of piracy is frequently mentioned.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been sending takedown requests to Google asking the company to remove YouTube download sites, which allow, among other things, audio to be extract from YouTube videos and save as music files.

The RIAA maintains that YouTube download platforms violate the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The notifications resulted in Google removing the homepages of the major YouTube download platforms, though the sites in question tend to simply switch to new URLs.

The spread of the Crusade

According to TorrentFreak reports, music companies have expanded their crusade against YouTube downloading beyond the sites that facilitate it. A small independent French label, which began sending thousands of takedown requests asking Google to remove more than 10,000 links to download sites last year, also wants a Wikipedia entry about the practice removed.

That’s right, the notification you sent to Google last week asking for specific URLs to be removed includes the Wikipedia page “YouTube Downloader Comparisonas it links to download sites that the music industry is going after.

Google is unlikely to grant the request, especially since it could set a precedent for others. However, this conflict underscores the tension between the rights of users to access and enjoy the content and the rights of creators and rights holders to control and monetize their work. As technology advances, we are likely to see more of these challenges in the future.