The RIAA Obtains DMCA Subpoenas Demanding the Personal Info of 14 Stream-Ripping Websites

As part its major music piracy crackdown against YouTube stream-rippers, the RIAA has targeted a slew new websites.

First, with just a single subpoena obtained at the United States District Court for the District Columbia, the music organization YouTubNow several weeks ago.  The stream-ripper had long bragged about its “powerful service” which allowed users to find and “download your favorite YouTube videos as well as music tracks quickly, easily, and absolutely for free.”

The move came amidst a major win for the Australian music industry.

Justice Parram, a Federal Court judge, issued a broad ruling.  Siding with Sony, Warner, and Universal Music alongside the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and Music Rights Australia (MRA), Parram granted the industry the ability to demand that Telstra, Foxtel, Optus, TPG, and Vodafone – all major ISPs in the country – to “take reasonable steps” to prevent access to multiple stream-rippers across seven domain names.

Then, the RIAA attempted to quickly shut down one the world’s largest YouTube stream-rippers – Y2Mate.

Obtaining yet another subpoena at the federal court in the District Columbia, the American music organization sent a threatening letter to both Cloudflare and NameCheap, an accredited domain registrar.  The letter “the name, physical address, IP address, telephone number, e-mail address, payment information, account updates, and account history” Y2Mate’s owner.

Y2Mate, the 570th-most visited website in the world, receives nearly 64 million unique visits each month, mostly from the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, India, and Spain.  Yet, unlike YouTubNow, the stream-ripper’s owner – only known as ‘Muvi’ – has long prepared for a drawn-out battle with the RIAA.

Unwilling to back down, Muvi noted Y2Mate only exists to “create a copy downloadable online-content for the private use the user (‘fair use’).”

The stream-ripper’s copyright page also reads,

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

Going on the fensive once more against stream-ripping technology, the RIAA has obtained two new DMCA subpoenas against Cloudflare and NameCheap.

The music organization has demanded the private information the following websites:

  • 10convert.
  • Amoyshare.
  • Anything2MP3.
  • iMP3Juices.
  • BigConverter.
  • YouTubeMP4.
  • QDownloader.
  • GenYouTube.
  • BreakTV.
  • MP3XD.
  • DL-YouTube-MP3.
  • ConvertBox.
  • DownloadersIO.
  • Hexupload.

As explained earlier, under the new subpoenas, and must both hand over the names, addresses, IP addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses, among other personal information, each website’s owner.

You can view the ficial letter sent to Cloudflare below.


Featured image by Tobias Vemmenby (CC by 2.0).