A group of chatroom users are demanding that streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube stop hosting illegal content and stream music and other content legally.
The group is calling for YouTube, Spotify, and other online music streaming services to stop hosting copyrighted material and stop allowing users to stream illegally.
They are calling on the streaming services’ owners to end the practice of illegally recording and streaming songs and other copyrighted material.
“We’ve been watching YouTube’s policy changes over the past few months, and it’s gotten out of hand,” the group said in a statement on Thursday.
“I’m sure there are some of you who haven’t been watching the change in policy, but if you have, please do so and join us in calling on YouTube and other streaming services, including Spotify and Pandora, to change their policies.”
“We demand that YouTube, the streaming service owners that you own, stop illegal streaming,” the petition said.
The petition is part of a growing campaign to stop illegal downloading of copyrighted material, especially in music.
More than 3.2 billion songs are available to stream on Spotify, which is owned by Google.
But more than 1 billion streams of illegal content have been uploaded to the site in the last year alone, according to a report by the Recording Industry Association of America.
“These illegal streams have created an illegal marketplace, which encourages illegal downloads and piracy, and makes it difficult for artists to earn a living,” the RIAA said in its report.
“It is a disgrace that many music publishers have been slow to acknowledge the issue and act upon it.”
Last week, Spotify and YouTube said they were rolling out new policies to curb illegal downloading.
Spotify also recently announced it would remove all unauthorized streaming content from its service.
The RIAO said that more than two million songs have been illegally streamed in the past 12 months, while another 3.4 million songs were illegally uploaded.
Spotify said it was aware of the illegal downloading and said it would be taking action to curb the practice.
YouTube and Spotify declined to comment.