US streaming music service Grooveshark is riled up after its app was abruptly — and reportedly without much if any notice — pulled from Google’s Android Market because of a complaint made by the RIAA.
Grooveshark has hit back by making its app available as a download from its Web site, as well as writing an open letter to the music industry published by Digital Music News.
“There does appear to be some confusion about whether Grooveshark is a legal service. So let’s set the record straight: there is nothing illegal about what Grooveshark offers to consumers,” wrote Paul Geller, executive VP of strategic development. Geller said that the confusion often comes from the difference between legal and licensed, saying “Laws come from Congress. Licenses come from businesses. Grooveshark is completely legal because we comply with the laws passed by Congress, but we are not licensed by every label (yet).”
Geller said that the company is in full compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and that the piracy accusations are bogus. “We pay for our streams, and we actively negotiate with virtually every single content owner. We’ve taken down over 1.76 million files and suspended upload privileges to 22,274 users. These are not the characteristics of a company ‘dedicated to copyright infringement.’ As we work with artists and labels to make more content available to our users, Grooveshark becomes more competitive as an alternative to piracy.”
“In light of the recent misleading press concerning Grooveshark’s application,” said Geller, “it is important to make clear that we will defend our service, and the letter and the spirit of the law, in court and in Congress.”