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Grooveshark Calls It Quits After Legal Dispute

groovesharkAs of April 30, music streaming service Grooveshark has shut down. In a public statement written on their website, the Grooveshark admits to their wrongdoing of not acquiring the correct licenses to stream music. The music service once said that they were legally offering a streaming music service, but evidently this wasn’t the case.

“Despite the best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service,” they wrote. “That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.”

Last month, a federal judge ruled Groovershark’s actions devious and the company that owned Grooveshark, Escape Media Group, will now face hundreds of millions of dollars in copyright damages, according to Variety.

Escape Media Group will have to pay $75 million to labels Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group if they violate the terms of the settlement. The company  agreed to surrender the Grooveshark’s mobile apps as well as all other intellectual property.

You can read all of what Grooveshark had to say about the issue below the jump.

Dear music fans,

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the data on our servers and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ­and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders. You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here: http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark

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