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Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online

Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark has come back online — but not officially. A clone of Grooveshark is now being hosted at Grooveshark.io (the original site was a .com), allowing visitors to keep streaming, downloading, and searching for music files, including the many, many copyrighted files that got the original site in trouble.

The cloned site's creator, who goes under the pseudonym Shark, claims to have started backing up Grooveshark after suspecting that it was about to go offline. Shark claims to have backed up 90 percent of Grooveshark's content and to have also assembled a team dedicated to bringing all of Grooveshark's features, including playlists and favorites, back online. "I was connected to Grooveshark a few years back and I have, together with the team I've gathered, the knowledge and the technological abilities to bring it back to life," Shark writes in an email to The Verge.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Grooveshark's ready to play hide and seek

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:15 AM

"The Clone Wars have begun."

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Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules - hypebot

Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules
Grooveshark has always seemed to have nine lives. Despite multiple lawsuits, app takedowns and a whole lot of bad press, Grooveshark has continued to deliver free streaming music to a significant user base.  Their luck may have finally run out.
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I doubt those $736M will make any difference for most of the unauthorized content right-holders.

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Breaking: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement... - Digital Music News

Breaking: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

If you’re a Grooveshark user, you should probably start backing up your collection.  In a decision released Monday, the United States District Court in Manhattan has found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of internal emails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

The trickiest part of the case: Grooveshark employees were asked to upload unauthorized material onto the service.

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DIeshia Donovan's curator insight, June 19, 2016 10:21 PM

With Software and apps like Pandora, Spotify, Soundcloud, ITune Radio etc, I don"t see why programs like  Grooveshark continue to exist. the artist has to make their money so they can pay for studio time to make more music for you to listen to. So why cut into their funds??

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Digital Music News - Grooveshark Signs an Agreement With the Largest Music Publisher In the World...

Digital Music News - Grooveshark Signs an Agreement With the Largest Music Publisher In the World... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Despite a nuclear legal attack by all major label groups, Grooveshark is somehow keeping the lights on and forging out-of-court deals.  Just this morning, the company confirmed an amicable pact with Sony/ATV, the largest publisher in the world co-owned by Sony Music Entertainment.  

Pierre Priot's insight:

Grooveshark is cutting deals with publishers, okay, that's would eventually put an end to law suits, but what about artists and songwriters fees? How much will Grooveshark redistribute?

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Universal Music Group Wins Appeal Against Grooveshark

Universal Music Group Wins Appeal Against Grooveshark | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In a closely watched digital copyright lawsuit, a panel of five judges in the New York State Supreme Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower state court decision favoring Escape Media Group Inc., the operators of the music streaming site...
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Basically, New York’s Supreme Court rewrites DMCA and suggest Congress to do the same.

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Six Reasons Why Recorded Music Should Be Free

Six Reasons Why Recorded Music Should Be Free | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark is getting it from all angles. Not only did its only major label deal (with EMI) collapse, but the company is now being sued by all four major labels for large-scale copyright infringement due to its policy of letting users upload music into its system, where over 30 million people stream it for free each month - mostly in the absence of licenses from artists, labels, and publishers.
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Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits | Evolver.fm

Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits | Evolver.fm | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

When a digital music startup distributes massive amounts of unlicensed music and fails to pay for the music it has licensed, most of us know what happens next: They go out of business. Not so with Grooveshark.

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Grooveshark

Grooveshark | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark

Pierre Priot's insight:

Bummer. Grooveshark is down.

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Christine Rose Infanger's comment, May 3, 2015 10:07 AM
Good. Perhaps when they're writing their settlement check for $50m they'll be reminded that pesky things like copyright matter. I don't understand why people/companies don't ever seem to learn that you can't keep ignoring the rights of artists and other rights holders without consequence.
Pierre Priot's comment, May 4, 2015 3:15 AM
nobody's too big to fail!
Cy Queen's curator insight, May 4, 2015 4:34 PM

Does this make things better or worse?

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Grooveshark Tries To Go Legit With New Pandora-Like Radio App - hypebot

Grooveshark Tries To Go Legit With New Pandora-Like Radio App - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

After years of fighting the system and losing, online music service Grooveshark is taking a new route - playing by the rules - with the launch of a new Pandora-like digital radio app. Previous Grooveshark apps for both iOS and Android have been released only to be later banned from Apple and Google's app stores after complaints from labels and rightsholders. 

This time, Grooveshark will be launching what even they are calling their "first compliant app" in January. For 99 cents a month it will offer ad free "Broadcasts".  Users can text chat with others within the app while listening to custom radio stations created by users instead of algorithms.

Because its a radio-like app, Grooveshark does not need to seek special licences from the record labels to launch. It need only pay SoundExchange and their follow rules.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Grooveshark turning into a radio-like app will sure help'em going legit, but it will ruin everything that made Grooveshark stand out among other services.

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Grooveshark CEO [EXCLUSIVE]: The future of Grooveshark and the rise of social streaming

Grooveshark CEO [EXCLUSIVE]: The future of Grooveshark and the rise of social streaming | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We are committed to license every bit of audio ever made. We have agreements with hundreds of independent labels and publishers and are working to settle and put all current litigations behind us so we can focus on serving our community of 30 million strong.

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I'm still wondering how Grooveshark can achieve proper licensing while keeping up with a user upload feature (which is great actually).

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UK Music Industry to Block Tens of BitTorrent and File Sharing Sites Including Grooveshark

UK Music Industry to Block Tens of BitTorrent and File Sharing Sites Including Grooveshark | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
UK Music Industry to Block Tens of BitTorrent and File Sharing Sites Including Grooveshark
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British Phonographic Industry to block Grooveshark in UK? Last we heard Grooveshark had signed deals with publishers such as EMI...

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Grooveshark Introduces Broadcast To Let Anyone To Become Their Own Online DJ | TechCrunch

Grooveshark Introduces Broadcast To Let Anyone To Become Their Own Online DJ | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark has created a way for its users to create there own live streaming playlists, enabling them to share their favorite music, complete with their own personal interruptions.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Live broadcasting, that was the one thing missing from streaming services. 
Btw, has anyone ever got money from Grooveshark?

They run an ace service, but I'm still wondering how much artists get from those streams. 

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EMI terminates its music licensing contract with Grooveshark

EMI terminates its music licensing contract with Grooveshark | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark is undoubtedly playing a sad song today, but it's definitely not from an artist licensed by major music company EMI. EMI, one of the largest music publishers in the world, has terminated its contract with the streaming music service.
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Grooveshark's Legal Woes Mount as EMI Sues

Grooveshark's Legal Woes Mount as EMI Sues | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The only label that has cut a deal with the free music site files suit for royalties; other labels pursue copyright claims.
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