Stream-ripping arises as “most aggressive” type of music piracy
Music piracy is evolving at a rapid rate, with stream-ripping the latest form keeping executives and artists alike up at night. Keeping pace with their newest releases via what is now being called the “most aggressive” and “fastest-growing” form of music piracy, stream-ripping.
Stream-ripping, which is now being called the “most aggressive” and “fastest-growing” of piracy, occurs on various websites and apps, with various platforms available on the internet that enable listeners to illegally convert their favorite tracks on Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud into files that may easily and permanently be saved onto their devices at no cost to the listener. The use of stream-ripping mediums increased by 141.3% between 2014 and 2016, a jump that has led major record labels like Universal, Sony, Atlantic, and Capitol Records to pursue a lawsuit against a popular stream-ripping website, “Youtube-mp3.org.” YouTube has been reported as the primary source of stream-ripping material, coming in ahead of other music sharing services like Spotify.
Record labels are feeling the backlash of stream-ripping as it grows increasingly prevalent among music listeners, with “…hundreds of millions of tracks [being] illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month.” 15% of UK adults frequent stream-ripping websites to acquire their music. 33% of these stream-rippers fall between the ages of 16-34. Stream-ripping emerges as yet another entity in an ongoing battle against online copyright infringement.