Google On Crusade To Take Down YouTube Downloading Sites

on Friday, Jun. 29th

Video-to-download service youtube-mp3.org which has a reported 4 million unique visitors is now on the top of Google’s piracy list.

In a letter sent to the site’s owner by YouTube’s Associate Product Counsel Harris Cohen states that, “offering any kind of service that allows YouTube content to be downloaded (as opposed to simply streamed) is prohibited.”

Until this week, Youtube-mp3.org was running ads from big name companies like Target, Southwest Airlines and Netflix just to name a few. All of whom probably had no idea Youtube-mp3.org existed. [Editor's note: AH! The magic of the Google business model.] Clip.dj, another popular site that offered users a Youtube video to MP3 audio extraction service, announced that it has closed its doors yesterday. There are still about a dozen websites that offer the same service but it looks as if downloading YouTube content is coming to an end.

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