The world’s biggest record labels are suing a website that allows users to download the audio from YouTube videos.
Universal, Sony, Warner Bros and other labels launched legal action against the German operator of YouTube-mp3.org in a federal court in Los Angeles. They are seeking damages from the company and its owner that include $150,000 (£115,000) for every alleged instance of piracy. The defendants have yet to respond to the claims.
According to the legal papers, users can turn YouTube videos into permanent audio files and store them on their computer with a few simple mouse clicks.