In a unusual turn of events, streaming music service Grooveshark has had its Android app taken from the Google Play store just days after it revealed back up in the store.
Grooveshark will not inform us the reason why Google kicked the application out. Nevertheless, we suspect it has something to do with its constant lawsuits with major music labels. Grooveshark doesn’t have broad licensing agreements to enjoy the majority of its music (like Spotify and Rdio do) and relies on DMCA rules, simply as YouTube does.
Grooveshark has filed a notice with Google and is trying to get its application back in the Google Play store. A company spokesperson writes:
We have submitted a counter-notice and are working with Google and their own Google Play reinstatement process to get our application back in the market.
As stated in the statement above, Grooveshark craftily released an HTML5 web application for streaming music through iOS and Android web browsers in response to bans from some application stores. Looks like Android users will once more be reliant on that mobile application or a direct download from Grooveshark for enjoying music with the service.
A Google spokesperson informed us that Google has not been dealing with Grooveshark to get the application reinstated in the store, and that it taken out the app because it violated its Google Play policies. Google stated it notified Grooveshark about what policy the application was violating and provided details about the actual way it can appeal Google’s decision.
Google wouldn’t tell me what policy Grooveshark was violating. My personal guess is intellectual property. Google’s policy states:
Intellectual Property: Don’t infringe on the intellectual property rights of other people (including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, along with other proprietary rights) or encourage or induce infringement of intellectual property rights. We are going to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. To learn more or to file a DMCA request, please visit our copyright procedures.