Aurous, once dubbed the ‘Popcorn Time for Music,’ will never see the light of day. According to legal filings with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where legal proceedings against Aurous initiated, a $3 million settlement has now been reached. As part of the expensive terms, Aurous will never be released, ever.
The settlement clearly establishes two things: (a) Aurous was responsible for massive copyright infringement, and (b) the application will never be launched or further developed. Additionally, the aurous.com url will be transferred to the litigating Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which mirrors terms secured from previous defeated parties like Grooveshark.
Judgment shall be, and hereby is, entered in favor of Plaintiffs and against the Aurous Parties on all of Plaintiff’s claims, and damages shall be awarded to Plaintiffs, and against the Aurous Parties, jointly and severally, in the amount of $US3,000,000, inclusive of all costs, attorneys’ fees and pre-judgment interest. The Aurous Parties acknowledge and agree that this award of damages bears a reasonable relationship to the range of damages and attorneys’ fees and full costs that the parties could have anticipated would be awarded at and following a trial of this action.
(Filed consent judgment.)
Cary Sherman, the handsomely-overpaid head of the RIAA, held the severed head in the air. “Aurous appropriately agreed to shut down,” Sherman stated. “It was the right thing to do. We hope this sends a strong signal that unlicensed services cannot expect to build unlawful businesses on the backs of music creators.”
The Aurous shutdown reflects a far more aggressive shutdown stance for the RIAA, a group that waited years before clamping down on Grooveshark. That case was defended for years by New York-based firm Rosenberg & Giger, before Grooveshark was brutally defeated and essentially wiped from existence. Just weeks after a court-ordered shutdown and surrender of its intellectual property and assets, Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg was suspiciously found dead in his apartment (toxicology reports remain forthcoming).
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