Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grooveshark signs licensing deal with Sony/ATV

Rhian Jones/Music Week

Grooveshark has reached a settlement and signed licensing agreements with Sony/ATV Music Publishing – ending a long-running copyright lawsuit.

The agreements resolve all matters and disputes between Grooveshark and Sony/ATV "to their mutual satisfaction", according to a release.

This marks the second licensing deal Grooveshark has recently made with a major publisher after reaching an agreement with EMI Music Publishing earlier this month.

Discussing the development, Grooveshark CEO and co-founder, Sam Tarantino said: "We are excited to add Sony/ATV Music's impressive array of songwriters to our catalogue further advancing our mission to empower creators with the best audio platform in the world."

The controversial streaming site has long been under scrutiny for breach of contract and unauthorised use of recordings.

EMI took the service to court three times for ‘exploiting its catalogue and failing to pay monthly payments’ while Universal emerged triumphant in its own lawsuit against the site in April.

In July, Grooveshark was added to Google's autocomplete blacklist which means that users won't find the website in the search engine's drop down box that predicts what a user is looking for.

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