Breaking: Ripped Down…

  • Save was the latest and longest-running Grooveshark clones, and one of the largest sites in Sweden, Spain, Colombia, and numerous other countries.

As of early this (Thursday) morning, has been ripped down.

The likely reason is a complete shutdown of the top-level domain (TLD), a hammer used on earlier clones like and

  • Save

The seemingly endless string of clones appears to be the handiwork of a shadowy ex-Grooveshark employee identifying himself as ‘gs_forever’.  In a recent post for Digital Music News, gs_forever offered a detailed rationale keeping Grooveshark alive, along with promises to keep the party going.  “See the RIAA is busy suing while I’ve already got live for 10 days,” gs noted last week.

“So when they get to that I already have the next one ready to go — see how this works? Always one step ahead.”

28 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    You’re really OCD about Grooveshark, huh?

  2. Versus

    Not good enough. Took too long to kill this site; and who is being punished? How are the losses being compensated?

    DMCA is too weak.

    • SomeoneYouDontKnow

      Tell that to all the people getting massively sued for millions of dollars… for allegedly committing what are usually petty crimes. Also, section 1201 is making things illegal that shouldn’t be… playing old, abandoned video games, security research, even auto repairs. As we speak mechanics are facing damage to their reputations, which is being caused by them being too scared of lawsuits to fix damaged electrical components of their customers’ cars.

  3. Bandit

    Who will the NSA turn this data over to? Google? Google likes pirate sites. RIAA? If the RIAA rallies their lawyers and convinces law enforcement to raid some a-holes house and seize their servers, all they do is get portrayed as Jack booted fascists (see SomeoneYouDontKnow’s comment above or ask Kim Dotcom)

    • SomeoneYouDontKnow

      Yes! Kim Dotcom is one of the many perfect examples out there. Taking down Mega Share for acting as a middleman is like shutting down FedEx for allowing a person to send a CD to a friend, or suing people who make padded envelopes. This should never have happened.

  4. katiebug586

    The copryright laws are bullcrap today. What happened to the customers right to watch what they want? Today artists just hog all the money they can get and forget the most important thing. The fans. They all don’t do music for fun anymore. They do it to make a quick buck or two. This is unacceptable anymore. All they care is suing the sites that actually try to make people happy because they put it up their for free. This can not go on any longer. We need to protect the sites that actually care. Please send this to your friends and get the message across. Us fans need to act, before it is too late…

    • Anony Mouse

      “Today artists just hog all the money they can get and forget the most important thing. The fans.” Huh?
      Most artists (perhaps 90%) make little money, only the top 10% you see and hear about at the awards shows are making a very good living. The rest of the musicians are just getting by. If you want to point fingers, point them at the record companies, not the individual artists that spend many, many years barely getting enough to put food on the table.

      • Anonymous

        Pretty sure that was satire. Anyone that delusional would need constant medical care.

    • resurrect_gs

      The record companies get to not only make their billions, they also get to make the rules, with their influence on lawmakers, and the courts. THEY have decided that even listening to music (or watching videos) online without paying for it in some fashion is piracy, and they will continue to shut down every site online that allows the free sharing of music.

      Grooveshark allowed users to find and listen to songs shared by others without actually downloading files. The production companies will not even stand for that!! We can listen to songs available on the radio for free, that’s OK, but we can’t listen to the same songs online for free. “Big Music” is a multibillion dollar industry that has the ability to crush companies like Grooveshark through the courts, just because they can’t make any money off them. Pay up or die. Sounds a lot like extortion to me!

  5. FarePlay

    Where’s the gs_forever guy? Actually, I’m disappointed. I was hoping that would be the first “True Origins” filings in Florida.

    Please come back, so we can find out who you are.

    • SomeOneYouDontKnow

      FarePlay, I’d like to find out who you are. Track you down, and see how you like it.

      One thing I like about buying used CDs from the used goods store near my home is the simple fact that all purchases are anonymous. They don’t ask you to give you address, phone number, or any other information. You give them cash (they don’t accept credit cards), you get used goods.

      • Anonymous

        “FarePlay, I’d like to find out who you are. Track you down, and see how you like it.”

        Huh? 🙂

        gs_forever is a simple criminal who belongs in jail.

        • Anonymous

          I bet he’s the same one as Black_X or Literati_X on another thread here. So easy to trace.

          • SomeOneYouDontKnow

            Perhaps I didn’t make my point clear: anonymity is a very good thing. It protects journalists, whistle blowers, bloggers, and lord-knows-who-else from malicious people. Just a few days ago, I watched a satirical video about how easy it is to make suspiciously-detailed death threats to random people online (usually women who post opinions that are unfavorable to sexist, neanderthal-like individuals). Imagine if anyone could find their victims’ locations instantly. The number of violent crimes could potentially skyrocket. At the same time, people who try to help their communities would be threatened into silence, creating a huge chilling effect.

            In other words, if we lose our anonymity, we lose our freedom of speech and press. If FairPlay were to get tracked down by everyone who disagrees with him/her, he/she would not even think of tracking anyone down.

            PS: I am NOT Black_X or Literati_X. If I were either of those individuals, I would simply use those aliases (I promise).

  6. SupportArtists

    Too much talk legitimizing piracy with no solid arguments. Fact is piracy, by current definition, is illegal. Sites that allow it or promote it should be shut down.

    It doesn’t matter what kind of music people want to listen to for free, or how old it is, or how rare it is, or how available or unavailable it is. Before the internet people couldn’t find and listen to songs that were out of production either, unless they found them in used record stores. Just because we have the internet now so you are ABLE to find those songs doesn’t mean you have the right now to download or listen to them without the copyright holder getting just compensation.

    The law has been established, and copyright holders deserve their proper compensation. That’s why we have the laws in the first place.

    • sszorin

      NO, WE DO NOT THE LAWS IN THEIR PLACE. The artists can rip off the consumers by exchanging atrociously sounding music for cash. Most of the recordings on the market are dynamically compressed in the recording studios. Many of them so much that they are unlistenable – the result is loud sound with no dynamics and with either shrill treble or lacking treble. The albums sound like a constant stream of jackhammer noise with no musical life in it. The major music labels have money to hire lawyers and they have friends in high places. What can an ordinary little citizen do when he or she is defrauded of his or her money by being given an audio crap for his or her money ? Was anybody ever fined or went to jail for this artistic swindle ? What does the law says about artists and music industry people defrauding consumers out of their money ?

      • SupportArtists

        I understand your frustration with the product of the music you are buying, meaning the quality of the audio being produced, but that is another topic entirely, and does not address the piracy issue. If you are unsatisfied with the audio quality of a CD, or mp3 that you have purchased, you should by all means return it and expect a refund. It is not illegal for artists and their record companies to produce “audio crap”. If you don’t like the sound of the songs the artist is producing, don’t buy their work.

        • sszorin

          If an artist is not happy that his or her work is available on sites like grooveshark then he or she should stop producing music. They don’t have to do it.
          There you go. Now I hope you will become more smart after reading this.

    • resurrect_gs

      You’re obviously just as insensitive as “Big Music” is to listeners who have lost hundreds of songs in their playlists when Grooveshark was destroyed, songs that cannot be found on “legitimate”, “legal” sites elsewhere. Songs that deserve to be freely available to listeners everywhere. They didn’t end piracy, except for rare recordings I still cannot find anywhere, I have replaced much of my collection of songs already via other sites, including Youtube, and without embedded, annoying advertisements. Do library books have advertisements in the front that you are somehow forced to sit through for 60 seconds before you can open the rest of the book so you can read it?

      The only thing “Big Music” did when they forced the shutdown of Grooveshark was to prove what greedy, cent-sucking bullies they are. They knew they weren’t going to make a dent in online piracy, they just destroyed Grooveshark because they could, and to get worldwide publicity. They cry about not getting the royalties they deserve, then spend millions of dollars on lawyers and court fees to shut down a small operation like Grooveshark. No one is getting more royalties because of it, if anything they just made their situation worse, as more online file sharing sites become available to take the place of Grooveshark.

      If I were a recording artist, I would be happy to know that my music was being shared by people all over the world. If you really want to “Support Artists”, you should support sites like Grooveshark to enable more people to be able to enjoy their music.

      • SupportArtists

        It’s not about being insensitive, it’s business, plain and simple. Copyright laws exist to protect the rights of artists and the copyright owners, who deserve to be compensated when people listen to their work. If you are listening or downloading their music without paying for it, you are breaking the law. Sites that facilitate such activities should be fined and shut down, period. The website companies that host such sites or provide services that enable those sites to exist should also be fined and shut down.

        Listeners like you who do not pay for the music you listen to should be prosecuted as well.

        • Anon

          And this of course includes youtube? no – why not?

    • SomeOneYouDontKnow1

      Technically, the point of Copyright law is to encourage publication of various works, not to prevent “theft”. That said, if a certain law can only be enforced by George Orwell-esque means, it probably isn’t a very good law. If the majority of people want to fix this broken law, it is the responsibility of any democratic government to do so. The fact that this hasn’t happened yet is proof that lawmakers are more interested in bribes than the common good.

  7. Ben

    look. Many people enjoyed this site. Grooveshark is not the only one of its kind.
    Once they get rid of Grooveshark they will start removing sites like Soundcloud, Songily, and Spotify.
    People like the freedom of allegedly ‘illegal’ music sites because they do not have to pay £5 for a god damn single.
    The music industry is ridiculous now. People like the right to free music.