Grooveshark Responds to Android Market Ban, Says It’s Not Sure Exactly Why Google Booted It
By on April 7th, 2011

Yesterday, we reported that Google had removed the popular music streaming app Grooveshark from the Android Market due to ToS (Terms of Service) violations. While, Google didn’t clarify exactly which aspect of the ToS was violated, most people assumed that Grooveshark was booted due to alleged copyright infringements.

GroovesharkGoogle’s move caught almost everyone by surprise, including Grooveshark. “We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated”, read a statement from Grooveshark’s PR.

Back in August, Grooveshark was pulled from the iOS App Store due to complaints from Universal, which is currently suing Grooveshark for copyright violations. It’s most likely that Universal is the reason why Grooveshark was removed from the Android Market also. Taking a dig at the record labels, Grooveshark said, “We are eagerly looking to enter into agreements with all labels and content owners, so that we can work together to the benefit of all parties. To be effective, these agreements, however, must be struck directly with the respected content owners in the boardroom not the courtroom.”

Although Grooveshark does have agreements with several labels, it has so far managed to rope in only one of the big four music labels – EMI. The main complaint against Grooveshark is that users can upload any music on Grooveshark. This means that unlicensed works often end up in its music catalog. Grooveshark is known to respond quickly to DMCA notices, and ban repeat offenders. However, that hasn’t quite satisfied the music labels.

Here’s the full statement from Grooveshark:

We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated. We have always had a positive relationship with Google as evidenced by the Grooveshark App’s active and featured presence in the Android Marketplace for the past one and a half years.

We respect copyright law and the rights of content owners, generating positive results and revenues for the artists and labels that we have agreements with. Regarding the content for which we do not have agreements in place yet, we abide by, and pay royalties, according to the rules outlined in the DMCA, the same legal act that governs Google and YouTube’s activities.

We are eagerly looking to enter into agreements with all labels and content owners, so that we can work together to the benefit of all parties. To be effective, these agreements, however, must be struck directly with the respected content owners in the boardroom not the courtroom.

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