YouTube has caught the attention of a high-level congressional office interested in its copyright-protection practices, an inquiry that comes as the video site cracks down on stream ripping.
Reportedly, the office of the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, reached out to Google late last week about YouTube’s actions on stream ripping because of his longstanding interest in curbing piracy. It is also believed that organizations outside the U.S. have been working to verify whether YouTube is putting new measures in place to block stream ripping.
YouTube declined to comment on whether it had been contacted by Nadler’s office but confirmed it has elevated its blocking of stream-ripping sites, which violate its terms of service.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to enforce YouTube’s terms of service, we’re constantly making improvements and one of the recent changes resulted in the blocking of some MP3 stream ripping sites,” YouTube said in a statement. “It’s our desire to be good partners to our content licensors as our interests are aligned on thwarting violative downloads and downloader sites.”