RIAA Demands NameCheap and Cloudflare Hand Over Personal Information of Y2Mate's Owner

Two weeks ago, the RIAA successfully took down a major YouTube stream-ripper with just a subpoena.

According to YouTubNow’s webpage, the stream-ripper users to quickly and easily download their favorite music.

YouTubNow is a powerful service that allows you to find and download your favorite YouTube videos as well as music tracks quickly, easily, and absolutely for free.

Boasting about its ‘powerful’ service, the stream-ripper added it remained an “excellent YouTube to MP3 downloader, as it makes any soundtrack a separate audio file tailored especially for you.”

Not exactly something the RIAA enjoys hearing.  So, after filing a subpoena request at a federal court in Columbia, the major music organization would’ve forced NameCheap, an accredited domain registrar, to hand over YouTubNow’s personal information.

A letter sent to NameCheap read,

The website associated with this domain name fers files containing sound recordings which are owned by one or more our member companies and have not been authorized for this kind use, including without limitation those referenced at the URL below.

To avoid costly litigation against the RIAA, YouTubNow has gone fline.  The main page now shows the following grammatically-incorrect notice,

Sorry, the site is currently under maintaining.

Now, after taking down YouTubNow, the RIAA has targeted yet another major YouTube stream-ripper.

Can the RIAA successfully take down Y2Mate?

Several months ago, and in a surprising move, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief defending notorious stream-ripping sites, FLVTO and sister site, 2Conv.

Defending the use stream-ripping technology, the EFF ,

Like a web browser, photocopy machine, or video recorder, the converters at issue in this case are neutral technologies, equally capable lawful and infringing uses.

Lambasting the music industry’s heavy-handed legal tactics against these websites, the EFF outright slammed the RIAA.

Their practice is to file suit against foreign-owned websites, with default the most likely outcome.  Then, as part a default judgment, they request broad injunctions that purport to bind a host intermediary companies, enlisting them to disable or block the website.

Yet, that hasn’t stopped the major music organization from taking on even more websites it deems “unlawful.”

Case in point.  The RIAA has once again obtained subpoenas against NameCheap and Cloudflare.  Obtained at the United States District Court for the District Columbia, the organization has targeted Y2Mate.  Ranked 570 worldwide, the stream-ripper had nearly 64 million unique visits last month, mostly from the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, India, and Spain.  According to the RIAA, Y2Mate is “fering recordings which are owned by one or more our member companies and have not been authorized for this kind use.”

In to Cloudflare, the music organization lists three infringing URLs for copyrighted tracks.  These include Heart’s ‘Never,’ Exposé’s ‘Let Me Be The One,’ and Jane Child’s ‘Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.’

The purpose for which this subpoena is sought is to obtain the identities the individuals assigned to Y2Mate] who have reproduced and have fered for distribution our members’ copyrighted sound recordings without their authorization.”

In to NameCheap, the RIAA has forcibly demanded “the name, physical address, IP address, IP address, telephone number, e-mail address, payment information, account updates, and account history” Y2Mate’s owner.

Yet, the music organization will likely have a difficult time obtaining this information.

Readily defending itself, the site’s owner – known only as ‘Muvi’ – noted the stream-ripper only exists to “create a copy downloadable online-content for the private use the user (‘fair use’).”

Its copyright page reads,

Muvi does not grant any rights to the contents, as it only acts as a technical service provider.

You can view both letters below.