Grooveshark parts with EMI, no deals with any major record labels
It looks as if Grooveshark is finally done. The final record label that was still supporting Groovshark, EMI, has finally pulled support for the service. With all four major record labels having now removed their support for Grooveshark, the service is doomed.
Back in December of 2011 both Sony and Universal were suing Grooveshark because employees were posting copyrighted music on the service. The Grooveshark application was also pulled from the Android Marketplace. Other legal issues for Grooveshark date back as far as 2009, when EMI themselves sued the company for copyright infringement.
Now, EMI has officially pulled their support for Grooveshark, effectively killing the company. Not only has EMI pulled support but all four major music labels are officially suing the company. Grooveshark made a statement about the situation saying,
“Grooveshark was recently forced to make the difficult decision to part ways with EMI due to EMI’s currently unsustainable streaming rates and EMI’s pending merger with Universal Music Group, which we consider monopolistic and in violation of antitrust laws. To date, Grooveshark has paid over $2.6 million to EMI, but we have yet to find sustainable streaming rates.”
This means Grooveshark has to pull all of EMI’s music from their database. Without any licensed music on their service it really is just a matter of time until Grooveshark has to shut their doors.
Did any of you still bother to use Grooveshark? Let us know in the comments.
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