Until it’s not. While YouTube- is hardly the only stream ripping service on the internet, it is one of the most popular. According to Alexa traffic statistics, YouTube- has been in the top 400 most visited websites in the world for well over a year. This might be why record companies decided to take YouTube- to court. And just to drive this point home: YouTube- never had a chance. Faced with the armies of lawyers that companies like Capitol Records, Sony Music, and Warner Brothers Records can employ, a simple little website like this one would be lucky to last a week.