Google is determined to take down, a site that rips downloadable mp3 files from streaming YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, the site’s 21-year-old owner, has collected 1.2 million signatures in protest against the action. Will his petition move the search giant?

Matesanz, a German citizen, lodged the petition through last month after Google sent him a cease-and-desist order claiming that violated YouTube’s terms of service. Since then, Matesanz has collected 1.2 million signatures from all over the world, making his petition one of’s five most-signed petitions. (The speed with which Matesanz gathered the  signatures isn’t so surprising, considering that his site gets 1.3 million visits a day on average.) Matesanz plans to deliver the signatures in person.

Matesanz and his lawyers argue that, since does not use YouTube’s application programming interface, it does not violate YouTube’s terms of service. In addition, the petition cites a legal precedent for the kinds of copies makes and distributes. YouTube is like a broadcaster, it maintains, and “for decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast,” recording songs off the air for their own use.

Will Google listen to Matesanz and his million supporters? Not likely. Google has to answer to major corporations such as Viacom, which do not appreciate unauthorized copying of their material, especially through the Internet.