Ripping off a piece of work has hit a new low for infringers on sites such as YouTube and even Spotify. Users have found a way to turn songs and videos in to permanent files which can then be stored on various devices.
Research undertaken by both the PRS for music, and the Intellectual Property Office has shown that infringement of this kind has increased by nearly 142 percent. The Intellectual Property Office has admitted that they are struggling to keep up with users who commit music piracy. Pippa Hall, Chief Economist was reported as saying “As soon as we think we’ve come up with an innovative solution to piracy, the pirates seem to come up with an even more innovative infringement tactic”.
The research provided some further information for why stream ripping has taken such a hammering, and the more notable reasons were that users want to listen to music or watch videos offline, and/or want to do so on the move.
Interestingly, some even contested that they assumed that they had the right to rip the files.
The CEO of PRS for Music, Robert Ashcroft has said: “We hope that this research will provide the basis for a renewed and refocused commitment to tackling online copyright infringement.
The main point to take from this research is that it is very difficult to police piracy on the internet, and that it needs to be made clearer that by downloading music and videos with particular software, it is an infringement of the ownersÂ copyright, and punishable by law.