The Eagles Bite Grooveshark with Copyright
Is Grooveshark becoming the mafia of free music distribution? According to the scenarios unfolding for classic rock outfits like The Eagles and King Crimson, yes.
In a series of e-mail battles publicized weeks ago by DigitalMusicNews.com, King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his team repeatedly request Grooveshark Senior Vice President Paul Geller to remove King Crimson material from the website. Geller proceeds to ‘find a solution that fits your (Fripp) needs,’ however Fripp quickly responds with the link to a newly uploaded Crimson song.
Long story short. Artists want their songs removed from Grooveshark, which they summarily are by staffers, only to see new versions of those songs reappear within hours under new addresses.
The question of the day is: are Grooveshark staff members uploading those songs as replacement, or are arbitrary users filling the void? Either way, Grooveshark controls the website and therefore can find crafty ways to prevent uploads of their ‘blacklist’ artists.
They just haven’t seem to find a way yet.
This week, Lisa Thomas Music Services, LLC, which handles all of The Eagles’ music, shared another anti-Grooveshark letter with DigitalMusicNews.com, detailing similar issues. Thomas notes serving DMCA takedown notices to Grooveshark’s staff, requesting the removal of 367 unique links; a collective sum of only 31 Eagles songs.
While Grooveshark did remove the links within 24 hours (as requested), 30 of the 31 songs were once again available for play, many with multiple search results.
So now, the question of the year is: what is the relevance of serving countless DMCA takedown notices to a website that relentlessly surfaces replacement material? Is Grooveshark responsible for the replacement content? Can the website possibly prevent users from uploading particular content?
Is God real?