According to a new TorrentFreak report, an earlier-this-month letter by YouTube's Associate Product Counsel Harris Cohen has revealed that Google intends taking the legal route against one of the bigwig YouTube conversions sites.
Making Google's position clear in letter dated June 8, Cohen has reportedly written to the YouTube-MP3. org conversion site owner, `Philip,' the Internet search giant intends filing a lawsuit against the site.
The threat of legal action has come from Google in the wake of the YouTube-MP3. org conversions site's practice of extracting MP3 audio from YouTube videos and making them available for download for the users, thanks to its access to YouTube's Application Programming Interface (API) which is the biggest free resource of videos and music available online.
With Google having pointed to the company's DoubleClick service statistics which show that the huge YouTube-MP3. org conversion site is pulling in 1.3 million visitors a day, the company's lawyers has asked the site owners to discontinue their objectionable practice; and have given the site a one-week period to comply.
Noting that it is illegal to offer any kind of service which allows downloading of YouTube content, Cohen said in the letter to the YouTube-MP3 owner that to "separate, isolate, or modify the audio or video components of any YouTube audiovisual content made available through the YouTube API" is prohibited, as is the storing of copies of YouTube content externally.
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