Online Petition To Allow YouTube to MP3 Conversion Tops 1 Million Signatures

    July 24, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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An online petition demanding YouTube to allow access for third party recording tools has topped 1.1 million signatures, and shows no signs of stopping.

The petition, created by 21-year-old Philip Matesanz, asks Google to “break their silence and participate in an open and fair discussion” regarding the practice of translating YouTube videos into MP3 files.

Matesanz is the creator of one of the most popular third-party recording sites, YouTube-MP3.org. Last month, Google targeted the site by threatening Matesanz with a lawsuit unless he voluntarily took down his conversion site.

To be perfectly clear what we’re talking about here, this is exactly what YouTube-MP3.org does:

YouTube-mp3.org is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3. You do not need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL. We will start to convert the audiotrack of your videofile to mp3 as soon as you have submitted it and you will be able to download it.

A couple of weeks after the threat, Matesanz created the petition on Change.org. Within three days, it already has over 180,000 signatures. Here’s some of it:

For decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast. You could record the radio program with a cassette recorder or make a copy of your favorite movie by using a video recorder. All these techniques have been opposed heavily in its early years by the big media companies who didn’t want the public to have such technology. They did describe such technology as criminal and as a threat to their business e.g. the 1980s campaign Home Taping Is Killing Music.

Several years later history is about to repeat: Google has teamed up with the RIAA to make the same claims against all sorts of online recording tools for their 21th century broadcasting service: YouTube (“Broadcast yourself”). Google is taking action against nearly every service that enables its users to create a private copy of a public YouTube broadcast while the RIAA is threatening news media like CNet for promoting such a software.

Now, after only existing for a few weeks, the petition has over 1.1 million signatures, with only about 400,000 needed to reach the next petition level.

“In the past, people have been able to record TV shows and CDs using home recording equipment,” Matesanz said. “Now, YouTube wants to block users doing the same from its site. I launched this petition to make the point that changing technology should not affect peoples’ rights as consumers.”

“I have been amazed at the response to my petition but surprised that the company has not responded. I would very much like to sit down with them and discuss this issue.”

As of right now, Matesanz’s site is up and running smoothly.

  • Klaus

    Google is acting silly!


    “In the past, people have been able to record TV shows and CDs using home recording equipment,” “Now, YouTube wants to block users doing the same from its site. I launched this petition to make the point that changing technology should not affect peoples’ rights as consumers.”

  • http://incomefromhometips.org bj @ Income From Home

    The stupidity of this, for me, is beyond belief. I play oldtime fiddle. Almost all the music I play has been out of copyright for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. It’s public domain all the way. Not only that, but most of the videos I watch and want translated into audio are of either friends of mine or ME (or both) playing. Sometimes others, but the community around this music is very open and all love to share.

    But the RIAA and Google don’t want us to, even though they DO NOT OWN any part of this music.

    Now that’s a great way to piss off a bunch of people, wouldn’t you say?

  • Jorge

    I’m not agree that they block.

  • Pagan Cidergod

    In the 70s, 80s and 90’s I did a lot of home taping and what happened was that I ended up buying LPs by artists I wouldn’t have considered. A lot of my friends did the same. Much of what I recorded was radio broadcasts of live concerts which were not available. It was a way of discovering new music and it actually encouraged record sales rather than discouraged them. Some artists offer free downloads of live material as they know it encourages sales.

    If you put something on YouTube you are putting it into the public domain and giving people the right to listen to it as and when they feel like it – it’s as if they’d given away free copies of it. The estate of the late Frank Zappa is unhappy about breaches of copyright and several things on YouTube have been pulled. The Grateful Dead took a different approach to things. When they played live they often set aside an area for people to set up home taping equipment so the array of microphones etc didn’t impede the view of other people. Their one stipulation was that the recordings made were to be for personal use only and not for commercial use. You could listen to it and do copies for friends but you couldn’t sell it or profit from it in any way. They also released so much live material themselves that they rendered bootlegging pointless.

    Perhaps a system could be set up whereby a YouTube clip, and I am thinking here of live music clips specifically, could be flagged up as either legally convertable to mp3 or not. There are artists I like whose entire catalogue I own (and have purchased legally on CD I may add!) but it isn’t enough and I would relish the ability to convert rare live clips from YouTube to MP3.

  • http://www.insegment.com Barney

    While YouTube to MP3 conversions would be a great thing, it certainly is not something that should happen unless YouTube assents to this. The way things look right now, this is not happening. Google has stepped in to help end this illegal practice as they should have, even if there were millions of signatures on the petition. Each company reserves the rights to market their products in the way that they best see fit.

  • http://alyoutubetomp3 jesse

    This is bullshit music is a way of life and should be free online and in our fones fuck the system

  • yosef x

    Man google and youtube tripping

  • http://coolio.com Jack Fitzsimons

    Google needs to take step back and realise that i very large percentage of the world want free music why should we have to buy our music online? we want to be able to log onto our computer and be able to download music and just throw it on our ipod! If google continues they will have a heavy rebellion against them as the people of the world will not stand for this! We want our music! It is our way of life! Music is everything without music we are but a dull shell following the day to day duties of the Government.

  • Bruce

    i just want free songs

  • Timmy

    best youtube audio extractor out there –YouTube to mp3 Converter