Google Bans Grooveshark for the Second Time…

Two years ago, Google removed Grooveshark’s Android app from Play.

Two hours ago, Google erased Grooveshark completely from its Chromecast partner list.

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The Play removal was rumored to be the direct result of a demand from the major labels, spearheaded by Universal Music Group (which is leading a lawsuit against Grooveshark for massive copyright infringement).  This time, the rumor is about the same, even though Grooveshark is actively defending itself against Universal Music Group and the major labels in court.  A decision has yet to be rendered in those legal battles.

“After a jointly approved press release from Grooveshark, we were notified by Google [that] our app was suspended for Terms of Service of compliance.”

Grooveshark statement.


16 Responses

  1. Casey

    Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on which side of the argument you are on) this does little to harm Grooveshark. Grooveshark still has a tremendous user base and is likely to still be growing. The company’s fate will be decided in court, not by Google’s ToS.

    • Heidi

      There is no website; there is no app. No one can use grooveshark anywhere. They can’t grow if there is no grooveshark period.

      • Casey

        Their website is accessible most everywhere. Nothing Google does will change that. Their mobile app is also available for most platforms. You just have to download them from another source.

        • FarePlay

          You can divide people who use pirate sites into 2 camps:

          >. The casual user, who doesn’t understand the human consequences of their actions or simply chooses not to think about it.

          >. The hardcore user who believes that “liberating” copyrighted material is a revolutionary act and doesn’t care if their actions are making it nearly impossible for most mid-level indie bands to earn a living from their work.

          People like Casey are part of this second far more determined, far smaller group that takes online piracy very seriously and have the technical where-with-all to circumvent any attempts to block infringing sites and seek out and use emerging software that makes detection of their online activities nearly impossible to trace.

          There will always be people who game the system and there will always be Internet piracy. The best we can do is educate people about the impact of piracy on working people’s personal lives and update glaringly ineffective legislation like .the DMCA Safe Harbor Provision.

          The theft of copyrighted creative content is a tiny tip of the iceberg of destruction brought on by online piracy and other forms of disruptive technology that threaten the working class and what’s left of our economic stability.

          Free Speech and Open Internet are expressions fraught with double entendre and often used to obfuscate the truth about people’s and corporation’s true intentions for the Internet.

  2. Anonymous

    Let’s demand removal of YouTube!
    I would say much more damaging to music industry than Grooveshark

    • Anonymous

      YouTube is completely legitimate today because of ContentID. So no need to take it down.

      However, you may come back when Google launches YouTube Music Key. ContentID will probably be disabled for acts that don’t sign Google’s new controversial contract — which means YouTube will be reduced to the piracy site it was prior to the Viacom case.

      And then it will have to be removed.

      • TuneHunter

        It’s legal because of the “ContentID”, wow, I am not impressed!

        It’s legality on pussy terms, or YouTube is made legal so enslaved and stupefied music industry can get some survival breadcrumbs from PIRATE ONE in final stage of adholism!

        • Anonymous

          Well, Google Search is certainly a piracy site, if that’s what you’re referring to by ‘PIRATE ONE’. (Not a bad name for Google, btw!)

          But the present version of YouTube is legitimate.

          • TuneHunter

            Paying less than billion dollars to music industry for $20 to $40 billion of merchandise thrown in to the streets!

            I call it desperation or wimp legality.

          • FarePlay

            YouTube has been getting away with murder for a very long time and will be a major reason for Googles desire to shape Copyright Reform. Apparently, they spent a record $5m on lobbyists last quarter.

          • TuneHunter

            Now you talking!
            Music industry does not need money, they can get all they want relaying on connected mega stars. Oprah would be perfect to become the leader of this crusade.

            Unfortunately “new music industry” have been deceived by Mr. Parker and Mr. Ek streaming promises and bluntly forced by Google/YouTube to start construction of new music house on VERY SWAMPY LAND.

            Time to recall those deals or the house of music will sink to OBLIVION! Current course will generate mediocre benefits to music industry, musicians or fashionable extortionists.

            Then we can always start Discovery Moment Monetization and convert Radio and streaming to $100B music store. No losers on the horizon.

  3. FarePlay

    It appears that Grooveshark is the pawn used by Google to prove that they are good citizens.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I thought…

      Imagine if Google banned the Pirate Bay instead, eh…

      “So you’re saying this Pirate Bay is a CRIMINAL site? Gee whiz, how were we to know?”

      Eric Schmidt

  4. Tony