YouTube-mp3.com calls for help from
"Google is accusing us to threaten your safety and wanted us to close this service. If we wouldn't comply they threatened to sue us," said no-last-name Philip on YouTube.mp3's blog. "Unfortunately Google has just blocked all of our servers from accessing YouTube so we had to disable all conversion functionality."
A source familiar with the case said there was some surprise within Google that this issue had kicked off so publicly, although YouTube-mp3's public protest had obviously had an effect on the buzz. Google puts out plenty of these requests and has blocked services that strip out advertising from YouTbue in the past, and officially the company is saying that it's just business as usual.
But YouTube-mp3 and similar services are not new, so why the sudden crackdown? Google is certainly rolling out more persistent advertising on YouTube and could be looking to shut down anything that calls that into question. Advertisers are looking a lot more closely at internet traffic data these days, thanks in part to better BI tools, and there's downward pressure on rates.
There's also Hollywood to consider. The media moguls have learned to get along with YouTube, and now the service is looking to expand its access to films for sale as well as access to back-catalog material and the rights to stream live events.
YouTube-mp3 is calling for supporters and users to contact YouTube to express their concern, and Philip says: "If you are Larry Page or Sergey Brin: Contact me." end quote from:
Someone recently was telling me about people ripping videos from youtube via mp3 so I guess this article is about Google threatening sites who provide MP3 access to ripping Youtube videos and music with lawsuits. If you are not very computer literate it means making a copy of anything at Youtube in an MP3 format and copying it anywhere you want. For example, on a CD, to a hard drive or hard drives etc. I wasn't aware people had been doing this until the last week or so. So, likely the people doing this are young and don't have money to buy music or videos so they copy to MP3 for free.