The key of the lawsuits are copyright infringement, ever since the program doesn’t pay any licensing for the music it operates, and a contract dispute with EMI, the simply label Grooveshark had a deal with, for a short time.
It now appears that the lawsuits might be coming to an end, or at least, the record labels are making a few progress in getting what they would like and it’s not looking good for Grooveshark, as TorrentFreak discovered.
The labels have evidently reached an arrangement with several former Grooveshark employees and a current one in which they guarantee to stop infringing on the copyright of the labels instantly and to never work on something that carefully infringes copyright.
“The Defendant and all these acting in collaboration with the Defendant shall be instantly and permanently enjoined from infringing by any means any copyright in any and all sound tracks, whether now around or later created, in which virtually any of the Plaintiffs own or control any kind of exclusive rights,” the agreement says.
TorrentFreak takes this as a main step for the labels winning the lawsuit and Grooveshark basically getting shut down. But it’s worth noting that the two creators of the site haven’t decided to anything and neither has the company behind it.
Of those that signed, just one still works at Grooveshark, although the agreement effectively means he’s barred from working there any more.
It is a unusual agreement though. That is because, no matter how much the record labels would attempt to convince you or else, whether something is or isn’t copyright infringement is nevertheless a matter for the courts to determine.
If you grab something from a store, you understand you are stealing. On no account is this legal. You can definitely, you upload a song you don’t own the rights for, to a site for other people to pay attention to it, you may be confident that’s infringement, but you can not be 100 percent sure, no one can expect a assess.
Of course, importing a full song without any kind of modifications isn’t going to come under fair use, but there are more exceptions to copyright law.
Getting somebody to promise to stop focusing on services which host infringing works is a thing. To get them to promise they will certainly never do it again is plain silly. In fact, labels, TV stations and movie studios have fought for years that YouTube is nothing more than a hotbed for infringement.
What if YouTube’s founders had signed a contract earlier to making the website in which they guaranteed not to work on anything systematically used in infringement.