Grooveshark faces new action

September 2011

Internet, music publishing

Online music service Grooveshark is facing a new action from music publishers.. The online service that allows users to post their own tracks to their site while sharing them with the world is being sued by a number of songwriters and music publishers. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the plaintiffs claim the music illegally violates many copyright laws, and therefore is liable for contributory infringement, copyright infringement and vicarious infringement  saying “Defendant neither sought nor obtained a license, permission, or authorization from plaintiffs”.. The company claims to abide by all rules of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and that it is protected from any copyright violations committed by its users. However, companies like EMI Music and Universal Music Group disagree — having both filed lawsuits against the company, with EMI Music being the only one to settle.

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