Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Grooveshark Fights Back

A week after Amazon sent a (leaked or open) letter to record labels re-stating the legitimacy of its Cloud Drive and Player, Grooveshark yesterday released its own open missive, defending their right to exist under the Safe Harbor provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

The company specifically calls out Google for withdrawing Grooveshark's App from its Android Market. In a brilliant rhetorical move, it compares its service with Google's own YouTube, both in its relationship to the DMCA and in its business practices to avoid piracy.

The letter, available on Digital Music News, was probably cover as Grooveshark released its own third-party Android app on Monday.