Grooveshark Shuts Down After 10 Years

Posted: May 1 2015, 5:09am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


Grooveshark Shuts Down After 10 Years

The no-cost music named Grooveshark threw in the towel. It has for all purposes stopped functioning as a viable entity.

Who doesn’t know about Grooveshark. The music company that allowed over 35 million cultural consumers throughout the world access to any song they wanted without having to pay a single cent has given up the ghost (so to say).

It was getting to be quite an issue in the music industry but now the game is all over for Grooveshark. Many music labels litigated against Grooveshark and ended up winning the half year long battle in court. 

Thus Escape Media, the mother company of Grooveshark has ceded them the right to their own copyrights and will not be giving away their songs for free anymore. After what seemed like an endless war, Universal and Warner Music Groups alongside Sony Music got what they were whining for.

Grooveshark is winding up its sites and applications for good, according to the message on its website. The owners did have the courtesy of saying sorry to the fans of their site. Before signing off the Internet, they told the users to go to other sites like Spotify, Deezer and Google Play instead of their by-now defunct website.  

Escape Media may have to cough up money that amounts to a whopping $736 million for its copyright infringement crimes. A district court judge in the United States announced the decision against Grooveshark recently much to the disappointment of the owners and fans alike.

However, Escape Media may not have to pay a single cent in the end. That is if it quietly follows suit and flees the scene. But if it goes against its promise, it may have to hand over $75 million, which is still a whole lot of money. 

Grooveshark had something going that was similar to YouTube. The phenomenon allowed users to download music from the site for free and supposedly Grooveshark was immune to litigation thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, the problem occurred when the crafty lawyers proved without a shadow of doubt in court that Grooveshark’s own staff had uploaded thousands of songs from the site without suffering any consequences for their irresponsible behavior. 

This made the case strongly in favor of the litigious parties. In the US, it is not so much about free music services operating in a no-holds-barred manner. Rather it is about streaming services that ladle out free music and these include Spotify and YouTube as the major culprits among their ranks.

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