Music service Grooveshark calls itself "the world's largest international community of music lovers." But a small number of co-founders and employees are also targets of Universal Music Group's lawsuit against the service's parent company, Escape Media Group.
The complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Billboard.biz, alleges the company's executives are personally behind violations of the DMCA's "safe harbor" provisions. One exhibit included in the claim is a post at Digital Music News that included an email thread between musician Robert Fripp, his team and Grooveshark. The correspondence regarded Fripp's request for the removal of his material from the site and those songs' quick reappearance.
As detailed in the complaint, a commenter claiming to be a Grooveshark employee described internal procedures for filling holes in the service's catalog. Following news of the lawsuit, a post at Digital Music News explains the blog has not ascertained the identity of the commenter and has not been contacted by Universal Music Group to verify the person's identity. Universal's complaint takes the commenter's identity on face value. No evidence is given to confirm the person's identity or role at the company.