MP3Skull in South Africa

MP3Skull: What Was MP3Skull And What Happened to It?

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MP3Skull was the biggest free Mp3 download site in the world. It provided direct download links to MP3 files located on third-party websites. In this article, you will learn more about the MP3Skull official website and what happened to it.

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What is MP3Skull?

MP3Skull was an illegal music download site. It provided direct download links to MP3 files located on third-party websites. MP3 Skull was found in 2010 and the site was the subject of controversy for helping people to find unauthorized copies of copyrighted music.

MP3 Skull in South Africa was also big. They ever stood on the top ranking places of all “mp3 download” search keys for years in South Africa and around the world. However, they eventually lost their rankings due to Google updates and penalties.

What Happened to MP3Skull?

Although MP3Skull claimed to comply with the DMCA and removes infringing content reported by content owners. On 17 April 2015, a lawsuit was filed against the operators of the website by the 3 major record labels; Warner, Sony and Universal, who joined forces with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to sue and shut down MP3Skull.

In October 2015 the RIAA led a successful court case against MP3 Skull so that the owners have to pay more than $22 million to the RIAA and record labels in piracy damage.

According to, the sum was reached after 148 illegally downloaded songs were submitted as evidence against MP3 Skull, equating to roughly $150k repay for each of the 148 songs used as evidence. Whilst the site hosted more than 148 of pirated songs, the selected songs were chosen as proof enough of MP3Skull’s piracy.

According to a report by, the court judgement also gave the record labels the power to seize all the domain names belonging to the site.


According to MP3Skulls, they claim to be a music downloader and search engine for mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer III and MPEG-2 Audio Layer III) files. They further say they offer a popular internet based search platform for everybody.

MP3Skull and search services or downloader of this kind have important and substantial non-infringing uses.” – the website says

MP3Skull in South Africa

Although official site has been permanently shut down, there are mirror sites emerging in South Africa. MP3 Skull was changed from to early in 2015, and the site has been operating via different domains ever since. It seems like the domain is fully operational and has not been blocked in South Africa.

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Is MP3Skull Legal in South Africa?

MP3Skull is not legal in South Africa. According to the South African law, downloading or distributing someone’s music without their permission is illegal. Piracy results in major loss of musicians’ revenue.

Disclaimer – Quick Read Magazine does not aim to promote or condone piracy in any way. Piracy is an act of crime. In South Africa, under the Copyright Act of 1978, criminal copyright infringement can land offenders in jail for up to five years and result in a fine of up to R10,000. This article aims to inform the general public about piracy and encourage them to be safe from such acts. We further request you not to encourage or engage in piracy in any form.

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