In 2010, Grooveshark was sued by Universal Music Group for copyright violation. Universal claimed that Grooveshark neglected to provide adequate royalties for their pre-1972 recordings. Grooveshark won the suit after more than 3 years of judicial paper pushing.
Universal Music Group delivered a second legal punch to Grooveshark in the form of a lawsuit for more than $15 billion. The allegations accused Grooveshark employees of personally uploading illegal music to the network for its users to stream. The suit claimed $150,000 in damages for each of the 113,777 pirate uploads. In 2014, a decision was made against Grooveshark, essentially rendering the company immobile. As part of a settlement with Universal, Sony, and Warner, Grooveshark was shutdown on April 30, 2015.
Five months later, Universal has completed it’s legal demolition by obtaining the rights to the domain Grooveshark.com.
On July 19, 2015, Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg was found dead at home. He was 28 years old. The autopsy is still still pending.
Source / Digital Music News