Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark
Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

Grooveshark has responded to the lawsuit Universal Music Group filed against the music service on Friday over alleged copyright violations.

Internal Emails in Grooveshark/Universal Case Show Grooveshark Opted to Post First, Ask for Permission Later

The complaint alleges Grooveshark management has led an effort to upload more than 100,000 songs to the music service and claims to have supporting emails and documents. Universal is reported to be seeking the maximum in damages of $150,000 per infringing act.

Grooveshark Lawsuit Reveals Details of Universal Music Group's Allegations

Late Tuesday afternoon, Grooveshark responded: "We have reviewed the Complaint that Universal Music Group filed last Friday against Grooveshark in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Universal's claims rest almost entirely on an anonymous, blatantly false internet blog comment and Universal's gross mischaracterization of information that Grooveshark itself provided to Universal. While Universal has deliberately engaged the media prior to serving a copy of the Complaint on Grooveshark, Grooveshark intends to fight this battle before the Court, not in the press. Grooveshark welcomes the opportunity to present the facts to the Court and has full confidence that it will prevail in the litigation."

Marshall Custer
General Counsel

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The post in question is an apparently since-removed Digital Music News post from April in which a commenter claiming to be a Grooveshark employee details how management tasks its employees with uploading songs into its system.