September 10, 2012

Grooveshark Using HTML5 as Litigation Solution

Recording company EMI revealed it is suing an Internet service provider for music, Grooveshark, for falling behind on monthly licensing payments and failing to provide EMI with accurate sales records.

This is not the first time Grooveshark has faced some legal battles. The company has been the target of multiple copyright-violations from record industry including one from Sony, Warner, and even Universal. Most of the companies have sued because Grooveshark allows users to upload their own music into the software, which then becomes part of the company’s music library. Anything in the music library is available for streaming for any user.

Since EMI decided to go into litigation with Grooveshark, it terminated its deal requiring GrooveShark to no longer stream its music. EMI claims the company has yet to take down all of the music it owns.

A Grooveshark spokeswoman released a statement in response to the lawsuit. “While we always strive to keep lines of communication open with rights holders, artists and all other interested parties, disagreements inevitably arise, as is true in any business, particularly one that is pushing for innovation and industry change,” she said. “We are confident that we will settle this case in a manner that satisfies all parties.”

As the lawsuit continues, so do the troubles for Grooveshark. Both Apple (News Alert) and Google have removed the application temporarily from their markets. In turn, Grooveshark has begun looking for alternatives to keep offering free streaming music to its customers. Now, Grooveshark will be implementing HTML5. The plan is to create a brand new site without having to deal with any restrictions. After HTML 5 is integrated, users will be able to play and stream music directly through their website browsers. 

“Thanks to technologies such as HTML5, we are able to offer our services with much better device compatibility, which will expand our user and revenue base for our partners labels and artists,” said CEO Sam Tarantino. “The Grooveshark universe now is truly limitless to the consumer and the artist.”

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey


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