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Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped 94

Posted by timothy
from the no-wall-just-this-thorny-hedge dept.
Hodejo1 writes "[Tuesday] morning we learned that Google fired the first volley against YouTube conversion sites by blocking YouTube-MP3.org's servers from accessing its service and sending a letter threatening legal action. It looks like the fast growing Clip.dj also got the letter based on the note posted on the site: 'We're sorry to announce this, but Clip.dj has shut its service down for good.'"
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Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped

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  • That's okay (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:38AM (#40385031)

    It's okay. I've got a firefox plugin that'll do it for me.

    • Re:That's okay (Score:5, Informative)

      by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:43AM (#40385095)
      It's ok, I've got windows sound recorder.. or any other sound recording program to do it for me.
      • Re:That's okay (Score:5, Insightful)

        by FunkyELF (609131) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:52AM (#40385247)

        Much worse... you'd either be storing raw PCM or you'd be re-encoding.
        Better to get the mp3 or aac stream from the .flv or .mp4 file.
        ffmpeg -i zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.flv -codec copy zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.mp3

        • by Anonymous Coward

          ffmpeg -i zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.flv -codec copy zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.mp3

          That's OK, I would rather shoot myself than listen to a Justin Bieber song. Although a compressed version of the song may make it tolerable.

          • As the result of YouTube mp3 rips is either 128kbps cbr mp3 or 112kbps aac I'd say that everybody is pretty much better of without those pests.
            Seriously, only a person that thinks a juke box is an app would be ok with that kind of sound.

      • Yeah, but you are not their target.

        You can indeed already hear the sound, see the video, and record it. Whether you do that by pointing a candybar phone at your screen and recording a dozen mjpeg videos or via a client-side plugin that converts things on-the-fly, doesn't matter.

        What they're targeting are 3rd party sites that download the content, convert it, and serve up the converted result (most likely caching things in the interim to save CPU cycles).
        You may still be the destination of that download, bu

        • by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:59PM (#40387073) Homepage Journal

          You sum it up pretty nicely - but the point that you don't make is, this: Those conversion sites are monetizing the process, in one fashion or another. While it might be alright for you and I to take advantage of Youtube, or any other site, for our own personal use, it is NOT ALRIGHT for another corporation to horn in on the money to be made.

          Those sites might do better if they were using Google ads on their sites, in a manner that didn't violate Google's policies. Might. If Google were making a penny or two at the same time the conversion site made a penny or three, they might get along.

        • I don't think they have any real grasp against services like savetu.be [savetu.be]. As long as it's retreiveable by the user I can rip it.
          Note, savetu.be is only for videos, since I believe that actively wanting to rip the audio of a youtube video is sadistic mazochism.

        • by iamhassi (659463)
          Oh good, search engine company is shutting down websites that are downloading music from the video website they own. I see nothing wrong with that, let me go buy a phone the search engine company makes the OS for because I'm sure they'll never use it against me....
    • Re:That's okay (Score:5, Insightful)

      by pla (258480) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:48AM (#40385183) Journal
      Why did this get modded down? I came in here to say pretty much exactly the same thing.

      Personally, I use Video DownloadHelper because it applies more generally than just to YouTube; But search the FF addons for "YouTube" and you'll see at least a dozen plugins that will let you download whatever the hell you want. Some even transcode it for you on the fly, for those who can't bother with trying to figure out what to do with a FLV or MKV file.

      Give it up, Google - If I can see (or hear) it, I already have a copy. I thought you understood that better than the Big Media morons.
      • Google appear to understand it a little better than Big Media, which target the downloaders. Google here appears to be targetting the equivalent of the tracker used by individual torrent users. I'd say Google has become clearly evil when they start taking part in FBI raids to shut down and seize the assets of allegedly infringing sites.
      • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @11:22AM (#40385679) Journal

        Why did this get modded down? I came in here to say pretty much exactly the same thing.
        Personally, I use Video DownloadHelper because it applies more generally than just to YouTube; But search the FF addons for "YouTube" and you'll see at least a dozen plugins that will let you download whatever the hell you want.

        And one extension [google.com] to download/convert stuff from Youtube for Google's Chrome browser (and the FOSS Chromium browser it's derived from) is even supplied by Google/Youtube itself.

        • by Kalriath (849904)

          No it isn't. That extension claims to be from Google, but it's not. If it were, it would have a tick before the "from youtube.com" and "G from Google" at the top of the description panel. It doesn't, so the author is fraudulently claiming to be legitimate when it isn't.

      • Give it up, Google - If I can see (or hear) it, I already have a copy. I thought you understood that better than the Big Media morons.

        Google: Big. Youtube: Media.

        Are you sure that Google isn't Big Media?

      • by kiwimate (458274)

        Give it up, Google - If I can see (or hear) it, I already have a copy. I thought you understood that better than the Big Media morons.

        Google understands that. They also understand that just because you can make a copy doesn't mean you are legally allowed to make a copy.

      • I thought you understood that better than the Big Media morons.

        I think you'll find that Big Media morons and Big Data morons are both mostly morons at the end of the day. Look past the age and the sneakers and you'll find no meaningful difference. Spineless is spineless, shallow is shallow, greed is greed.

    • by dunezone (899268)

      It's okay. I've got a firefox plugin that'll do it for me.

      Do you really think they don't know this? Do you really think they don't know of the alternatives?

      They have to do their due diligence. These sites make the process of ripping music from videos TOO easy. Pretty much any other method requires at minimum installation of third-party software.

      So these sites do three things that require Google to take action. They cut into the bottom line, they violate the Terms of Service, and they potentially put Google at legal risk.

      For example search Billy Joels - W

    • by bjourne (1034822)

      And if that plugin gets popular enough, they will request it to be taken down too! Google aren't stupid -- they are perfectly capable of protecting their content if their lawyers want it. For example, it is basically impossible to automate search queries because Google really hates it when you using their search engine but are not exposed to their sponsored results. They have very sophisticated means of determining when it is likey that a user is a bot and will then serve up an annoying captcha. They will d

      • by bipbop (1144919)
        By "very sophisticated" you mean "designed to minimize false negatives, but false positives are okay". Sheesh, Google, I'm not a bot, already!
        • by bipbop (1144919)

          I do believe I just failed to make any sense. D'oh.

          What I actually meant was, "Google is good at finding bots, but doesn't mind flagging people as bots." Certainly it thinks I'm a bot sometimes, and others I know have had the same experience.

          Next time, I'll wait a bit longer and read what i wrote before hitting submit ;-)

          • by bjourne (1034822)
            Yes that is true. But if you are able to improve upon their bot filtering algorithm, I'm sure Google would love to have a talk with you. ;)
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I just watch it on youtube then hum it to myself thereafter...Google claimed they sent my brain a letter but my brain claims it never read it

  • by medcalf (68293) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:46AM (#40385153) Homepage
    If they allow us to see their content, they have to send us the bits in some form. If they send us the bits in any form, we can capture them and convert them to another form. Shut down all conversion sites today and more will be up in a week. Or we will start using browser plugins, or local apps. It is not technically possible to share something digitally without it being able to be captured digitally. It's like using a flashlight and then complaining that the person you're shining it on is using the light to read by, when you only meant to use the light to see them.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What you say is true TODAY, and may continue be true for a while. But don't make the mistake of thinking that it will always be true. When it's only possible to boot cryptographically signed "secure" OSs, and only for a few "trusted" OSs that will not allow you to run such software, it will no longer be possible without hardware mods to your computer that most people are not able to do. They ARE working on a whole "trusted path" through the entire OS to your display device, with the final decryption bein

      • by amorsen (7485)

        how many people are succesfully playing BluRay discs on Linux machines?

        Practically no one. However, if you ask how many play downloaded or sneaker-net-shared BluRay rips, that is a much higher number. Content protection is pretty much worthless as long as mass file sharing is easy.

        Every little step is only a little step. Every little step can be circumvented. But the walls ARE closing in and have been for decades. Don't think it won't continue, and get harder and harder.

        You are completely right.

        • personally i don't bother with blueray in any form. Most people these days have a dvd drive on a computer but how may have a blueray drive? I think its more a financial than technical barrier.

          Honestly who needs blueray when dvd is more than good enough and when it is on a computer even dvd quality is just icing. youtube is successful not for its high fidelity but its range of stuff available on most subjects.

          I'm old enough to have recorded the chart show in mono on a radio cassette. Sure there was a bit

          • by amorsen (7485)

            Honestly who needs blueray when dvd is more than good enough and when it is on a computer even dvd quality is just icing.

            I could not disagree more. The low quality of DVD distracts from watching the movie. The resolution itself is bad enough, but the encoding artifacts are extra annoying.

            With an analog TV you have a bit of noise to hide the problems, but there is no such "luck" on modern TV sets.

            • got to admit i dislike encoding artifacts but i've only really seen it on sky broadcasts as they are too cheap to apply a decent bitrate.

              I'm not saying there is no difference in quality, there most certainly is but most people accept some defects and if you think DVD can be bad did you ever watch VHS? that is a huge difference but people still collected their video cassettes as it was the best available option. People did transfer to DVD preferring to buy in that format while tapes got old and wouldn't pla

            • by bipbop (1144919)
              What sort of artifacts do you typically observe on DVDs?
              • by amorsen (7485)

                Banding, in areas with subtle colour changes, the compression only assigns a few colours, and so what should be a smooth sky with shades of blue becomes a bunch of areas with specific blue colours. The same thing also happens with explosions, because a DVD just cannot deliver the instantaneous bandwidth that a good explosion requires, even for a few seconds (the DVD production company cannot assume that the DVD reader can read at x2 or higher).

                "Sticky pixels" where the compression algorithm turns an area wi

        • I rip all movies I own. I simply prefer the experience of not having to watch trailers, FBI warnings, etc.
          The last time my wife rented a movie and popped it into the DVD player, she was shocked that she had to watch trailers and crap...
          I thought it was funny. She didn't want to wait for me to rip it but to be honest by the time the movie actually started I could have finished ripping it.
          -nB

      • Cory Doctorow had it right. They want computers to be appliances like toasters or TVs, that you can do ONE approved thing with. The War on General Computation [youtube.com]
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think it's more a question of how many walls have to go up before people give up. I know a few people who started to buy via iTunes once their P2P services got shut down. Not that YouTube is making a legitimate service for what these sites are doing but it will throw some people into buying legitimate copies of works that they were using these sites for if a legitimate copy is available.
       
      Again, throw up enough walls and people will see spending a buck a track as being worth it.

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      An additional part of this argument: if they allow us to see/hear their content, they have to send either sound waves and/or light waves to our eyes and ears. Which means they have to put those sounds and light in meatspace, where they can be recorded by readily available sound recorders and cameras.

      They're fighting a battle they cannot win without breaking the laws of physics or rewiring everybody's brain.

    • by swillden (191260)

      If they allow us to see their content, they have to send us the bits in some form. If they send us the bits in any form, we can capture them and convert them to another form.

      Do you really think Google doesn't get this? I'd look a little harder to understand the reasoning.

  • I was enjoying YouTube secretly being the new Napster, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now. It was better than torrents for finding obscure music. Of course there are still ways to use it as before, but I'll continue to keep them quiet.

  • by equex (747231)
    VLC->Media->Convert/Save. Done.
  • by davonshire (94424) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:13PM (#40386435)

    Everyone complains that DRM is keeping them from having what they want. And Those producing what people want, would like to be paid for what they produce.
    And companies find they can use some GPL code to keep from having to develop their own bit of code, while people decry that that company isn't giving the source of their product back like the GPL requires etc. etc.

    In the end it really comes down to some very basic things that are weakening in the 'moral' spirit of humans. People don't really question any more if they can do something, should they do it?

    I can convert any video I choose into a file I can play anywhere any time on a number of machines, but if a friend wants to see it, why shouldn't I offer it to them as well? Or am I a dick for saying. Sorry man, I'll send you the dvd if you like?

    Companies try to heap more intrenched DRM into things because they don't see anything working. Media assholes spout nonsense numbers about how much money they are losing, when if you did the math there is no possible way they could have made that much. etc etc.

    Politicians pile crap into bills for their own good and when it fall apart they blame someone else for it not going through.

    In every case, it's people who think because they are in a position to do something that they want to do, that they can simply do it without there being any consequences.

    And we have this idea that's given to us through Hollywood and oodles of books that just one person can make a difference. Almost always that's applied to improving things. Freeing the slaves, ending a war or slaying a Sith. In movies where one person does something really wrong that messes things up for everyone. like destroying the world or creating a new world order, they are considered evil and the bad guy. But it's really just an amplification of the result of when many people decide to do a small bad thing instead of the right thing.

    The thing is if you look at say the analysis of the Stock market crash of a few years ago, you will see time and again, the magic plan that made so many so much money worked just fine, till everyone started doing the same thing. Every win requires a loss, it's the order of balance in the world.

    I could run on this for days but that's not what posting to something like this is about. I do hope someday people will start to realize that everyone can't have everything, and just because you don't have something, doesn't mean you're not going to have a worth while life.

    Cheers.

    DS.

  • When you look at many videos on YouTube they are often compressed to a lower quality than the original so ripping them seems to me a way to get VHS quality from something that originally was DVD quality.

  • sudo aptitude install youtube-dl

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