Grooveshark Clone Taken Offline, Replaced: 'You Will Not Stop Us'
A clone of the recently shuttered Grooveshark digital music site was taken down on Thursday in a so-called "brutal takeover," according to its creator who, of course, has just gone ahead and re-launched the same exact site on another domain.
A developer going by the pseudonym Shark told Music Week via email that the original clone (grooveshark.io) had been attracting around 1 million users a day until it was blocked and taken offline by "those who have the 'dough' (to) control the world." But almost as fast as it was killed, a "new" Grooveshark (grooveshark.vc -- the country code for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) was back up, offering searchable song files for anyone with a keyboard.
Shark is currently working with several developers to help launch a new version of Grooveshark in open source, something he or she claims is the music industry's "biggest fear." So, even with the first clone getting KO'd so swiftly, the rogue developer vows to keep Grooveshark swimming.
"I have one message for those responsible for this hostile take over: 'You will not stop us.' On the contrary," Shark said. "The harder you come at us the stronger we'll fight, and now after this hit we're more determined than ever to keep grooveshark alive and kicking."
As previously reported, Grooveshark went offline earlier this month and its owners apologized for their "serious mistake" in failing to secure the appropriate licenses for the trove of copyrighted music found on the service. Days after, Shark launched Grooveshark.io by claiming to have backed up 90 percent of the content hosted on the original site.
"I have huge and unexpected plans for Grooveshark," Shark told the Verge at the time, "and I promise you this is not even close to being its end."