Breaking: Grooveshark is DEAD

Late last year, Grooveshark was found guilty of massive copyright infringement.  Last week, a federal court judge opened Grooveshark to fines as high as $736 million

Today, Grooveshark posted the following on its website…

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      PiratesWinLOL

      i guess they’ll have to come up with a different name now, before starting again.

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        David

        There will undoubtedly be anti-avoidance provisions in the settlement to prevent the same people starting up any similar business.

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          PiratesWinLOL

          They are not stupid and I am sure they can easily get around that. How hard can it be, to have a straw man starting the next company, which perhaps could be located in Angola or Fiji? It is just ridicules how much the MAFIAA has wasted their money and ressources fighting this battle.

          Also, it is not like there is a lack of sites who provide a similar service. Youzeek.com is even better in my opinion and MP3skull is another option.

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    Remi Swierczek

    No cash for UMG and friends :((
    So sad!

    NOW all hopes is in Apple/dead-Beats busting cement wall to streaming profits!

    Sorry boys there is nothing behind this cement wall!

    Just radioactive environment shrinking $100B+ of obvious to TOTAL IDIOT music goodwill to at the best $20B of subs hopefully before 2025.

    There are simpler ways to monetize music!

    WAKE UP or DIE!

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    Anonymous

    Ron. You can go home now.

    …you can go home. And shut the fuck up you annoying bitch!

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      Karen

      DMN is the quintessential town crier without ever a solution to anything involving whah they talk about on this site. Paul is one of several reasons to feel shame about the music industry.

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        Anonymous

        +1,000,0000

        doesn’t have the slightest clue about how the industry works

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            Ed Jennings

            Until Hypebot eats your lunch, which has already started

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            Anonymous

            I doubt that. They’ve got more regular news, but less important stuff.

            And way less drama. 🙂

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            Vail, CO

            I really respect Hypebot, it’s a great publication that the industry needs. It might be smaller but Bruce decided to avoid the circus like atmosphere that you find here.

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            Anonymous

            And let’s hope that ends soon as well

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    PiratesWinLOL

    k,

    long live mp3skull then.

    i guess i will have to move again, when they close that one down in another 10 years.

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      @Pirates Win

      I was not aware of mp3skull. That site is outrageously criminal. I hope they sh*t a nasty virus on your computer.

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        PiratesWinLOL

        Dream on my friend 🙂

        I know my computer and such bad things doesn’t happend here.

        This being said, I am always happy to inform you about how to replace our beloved GrooveShark, with similar great sites. Another really awesome site is youzeek.com. The content is from YouTube, but it present it in a very useful way and is in my opinion even better than GrooveShark ever was.

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    Byte

    There’s a big difference between musicians, the music industry, and the recording industry. In the that order, they employ more lawyers, and in that order, the non-musicians involved somehow end up making more money.

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    Ed Jennings

    First Bit Torrents, now Grooveshark. “I’m so glad, I’m glad, I’m glad, I’m glad”

    The music industry pendulum swings to Premium.

    2015 will go down in music history as reversing the trend of free music.

    TIDAL HiFi’s timing is fantastic. Apple Music will put more nails in the coffin of “Free Music”

    Fair Play Fair Pay Act gets a major approval from the US Copyright Office.

    No wonder Spotify is lobbying.

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    Nilsson

    the real problem here is that the founders won’t pay cent. grooveshark had a huge user base. made millions in ad revenue. the founders get to keep it all with no consequence? the labels finally had a real bad guy and instead let them walk. better go find another school teacher to sue.

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      so

      +1

      You nailed the absurdity of it all with that last sentence.

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        Watcha gonna do

        The labels wouldn’t look so silly if it turns out the justice department is going after the founders.

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      GGG

      I agree with you, but they did have to hand over patents, which could be worth a lot of money. Not sure if they were doing anything google or someone hasn’t done better by now, but that could still hurt them financially, so rest assured haha.

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    Alex Redmond

    How stoked are you about this, Resnikoff? Nerd.

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      PiratesWinLOL

      Considering the special circumstances that existed between him and GrooveShark, I couldn’t blame him for feeling great about this. What they did to some extend made them deserve what happend, even in my opinion.

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    Anthony Edwards in Revenge of The Nerds

    Don’t lump him in with us, Redmond.

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    Cjhoffmn

    Its funny – we were working with Grooveshark to potentially raise money for them early on. I was in the camp that we shouldn’t work with them (we didn’t) because I thought what they were doing was wrong and wouldn’t hold up in court when it was attacked. That was 2011.

    Amazing that it lasted this long really, but they had a nearly fanatical belief that music should be “free” just like information….

    While copyright laws are not up to the times – they need an overhaul – fundamentally, if we all agree there is and should be value in music – then we can help make it and keep it so. If we continue to support ways of distribution of music with no value – then music more likely to become the advertising arm of something else….

    -C