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Old 27 Aug 2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default YouTube Downloading Service Sued For Copyright Infringement

In what appears to be a new target for music labels, TubeFire, a website that allows users to download YouTube videos, has been sued in Japan by the four majors, Universal, EMI, Sony, Warner, and 25 other labels.

TubeFire operates in the same way as dozens of other 'YouTube downloader' websites, in that it extracts the raw video stream from YouTube videos, and then packages it in a downloadable format, like FLV or MP4. Not only are there websites, there are also extension and add-ons for browsers that do exactly the same. These services have existed for many years without attracting any legal attention, as a lot of these services are nothing more than URL rewriting.

But TubeFire may have been targeted to be made an example of in this test case, where the music labels are concerned people are downloading music videos and songs from officially uploaded YouTube clips, even though in most cases, the audio quality is not comparable to freely available pirated MP3s.

The labels are suing TubeFire for $3 million in damages and also the closure of the website. TubeFire has temporarily suspended their service as a precaution.

It is unknown if the music labels, represented by the RIAA in the United States, plans to file similar lawsuits against websites and software publishers offering similar services.
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Old 27 Aug 2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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LOL, I fail to see the point of all those websites... honestly, Video DownloadHelper is one of the top rated Firefox addons of all time, and I've used it ever since a friend told me about it. MUCH easier, and none of that transcoding nonsense.
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Old 27 Aug 2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Except that if this site can get sued, Video DownloadHelper technically can get sued as well!
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There are so many that could be sued because the market is flooded with these types of programs and services
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