Music piracy: How YouTube is becoming a platform for fraud
Music piracy is gaining momentum again, particularly via YouTube.
Music illegal copying at a record level
Illegal visits to music sites increase
The number of visits to pirated music sites last year increased by more than 13% compared to the previous one, reaching about 17 billion visits, according to Wired. These visits mostly belonged to sites that allow users to download audio from YouTube URLs.
Reasons for music piracy
According to research by the piracy research company Muso, one of the main reasons for illegal copying is the high price of music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
- In 2022, Spotify increased the price by $10.99 per month equal to the price of Apple Music. For almost $132 a year, many consumers use sites that extract audio directly from YouTube videos and convert them to MP3 or WAV files for download.
Music piracy is back
Music piracy in general has declined over the past seven years, particularly due to a decrease in exclusive album releases on streaming platforms, CEO says Muso - Andy Chatterley. But according to him, piracy is gaining popularity again.
Chatterley cites several reasons for this revival, but he believes that in some cases the reason is that people simply don't can afford paid music streaming services. In other cases, the high cost of mobile internet in some regions forces people to download tracks to their phones via Wi-Fi rather than using a mobile connection.
The statistic that approximately 40% of music piracy occurs on sites that extract audio from YouTube videos deserves special attention.
Fighting music piracy
YouTube representative Jack Malone commented on Muso's research, saying that once they became aware of tools to download videos from the platform, they block sites and develop technical means to prevent their use.
YouTube also has a team that sends out letters demanding that the creators of such programs stop infringing. They are investing significant resources in reporting and copyright management tools and partnering with other industry leaders to set standards for how technology companies fight piracy,” says Malone.
Muso did not disclose which video download sites were tracked in their report. The representative of the company noted that it will not distribute this information in order not to advertise pirated services.
- Spotify is a popular music streaming service
- Apple Music is a music streaming service that owned by Apple