The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), together with Germany’s Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), succesfully terminates Convert2MP3.
Another victory won by IFPI against music pirates was recorded as it successfully shuts down the popular music ripping site Convert2MP3. The said termination was a part of a settlement form a 2017 lawsuit.
“Stream ripping is a threat to the entire music ecosystem. Sites such as Convert2MP3 show complete disregard for the rights of artists and record companies and take money away from those creating and investing in music,” said Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI.
Convert2MP3 was a free online converter where a user can easily download an audio file from YouTube and some other sources. There are six different file formats for audio. A user can choose between MP3, MP4a, aac, FLAC, Ogg or WMA.
According to IFPI, the site had 684 million visits from around the world. After an IFPI and BVMI filed legal action against Convert2MP3, the Germany-based site surrendered its domains and agreed not to break the laws in the future.
“The settlement required the global shutdown of Convert2MP3 and any other infringing sites owned by the operator. Additionally, the site is required to hand over the Convert2MP3 domains to IFPI and give broad undertakings not to infringe copyright or circumvent technological protection measures in relation to recorded music in future,” IFPI wrote in a press release.
The music industry has been fighting against this music piracy several months ago. Also in 2017, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has submitted a list of these music pirates and has managed to take down popular sites.
“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,” Moore added.
The collaboration of IFPI and BMI silently targeted COnvert2MP3 and successfully shuts the site down.
Dr. Florian Drucke, Chairman and CEO of BVMI said, “This is a great success for the digital music market. Since the music industry has transformed into a digital business it is of the utmost importance that the rights of artists and their partners are protected online. We are seeing an increasing understanding on the part of the courts and the fans that digital licensing is crucial for the creative industries and that business cases based on free-riding are unacceptable.”
The move against Convert2MP3 is a part of the industry in dealing with these illegal sites.