Aussie Music Industry in Court to Demand Stream-Ripping Site Blocks

Music labels Sony, Universal, and Warner, with assistance from Music Rights Australia and the Australasian Performing Right Association, have appeared Australia's Federal Court demanding that local ISPs block four stream-ripping sites. “Stream-ripping” sites allow users to download or ‘rip’ content for offline use. Copyright holders tend to lose revenue as a result. This has led to the practice of stream-ripping being labeled not only as piracy, but one of the most serious forms of piracy facing the music industry today. As a result, platforms that offer stream-ripping services are now seen in the same light as torrent sites once were. Music Rights Australia are requesting a block of some stream-ripping services.