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Grooveshark, bowing to RIAA, shuts down and apologizes for “serious mistakes”

Grooveshark, bowing to RIAA, shuts down and apologizes for “serious mistakes” | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
"We apologize. Without reservation.”
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Grooveshark, the free online music streaming service that allowed users to upload their own songs, announced on Thursday that it was shutting down.

Josh Greenberg and Sam Tarantino founded the streaming service in 2006, and the site attracted tens of millions of users. Grooveshark called itself "the world’s largest on-demand and music discovery service." But the service not only allowed users to upload any song; the founders also apparently demanded that employees upload popular songs in an effort to expand the site's music library.

The service came under fire in recent years for allowing copyrighted material on the site. Several record companies, including Warner Bros., Sony, and Universal Music Group, sued Grooveshark in 2011. Now the record companies have come to an agreement with Grooveshark under which it shut down the site and removed all copyrighted songs.

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Google Transparency Report

Google Transparency Report | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"In this report, we disclose:

Real-time and historical traffic to Google services around the world;
Numbers of removal requests that we receive from copyright owners or governments.
Numbers of user data requests that we receive from government agencies and courts."

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The Connection Between The Copyright Industry And The NSA | TorrentFreak

The Connection Between The Copyright Industry And The NSA | TorrentFreak | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
There is a direct connection between copyright monopoly enforcement and mass surveillance, and between mass surveillance and lack of free speech. If you want to keep free speech, the copyright monopoly must be reduced sharply.
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"(...) copyright monopoly cannot be enforced without mass surveillance. There is no way to tell a private conversation in a digital environment from a monopolized audio file being transferred, not without actually looking at what’s being transferred. At that point, the secrecy of correspondence has been broken and mass surveillance introduced. The copyright industry has been continuously and relentlessly pushing for more mass surveillance, including surveillance of citizens who aren’t under any suspicion (“mass surveillance”) for this reason. They defended the now-illegal Data Retention Directive, which logs everybody’s communications and location all the time (specifically including yours), as well as similar initiatives."
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