April 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Music streaming service Grooveshark has many fans, few of which work for the major recording labels. That’s why many assumed problems with the RIAA, a group of music industry thugs, I mean record labels, led to Grooveshark’s removal from the Android Market last week.
Grooveshark executive Paul Geller released an open letter addressing the app’s removal from the Android Market and the perceived legality of its service. Not only is “nothing illegal about what Grooveshark offers to consumers,” Geller contends that the company is vigilant in meeting the needs of the DMCA. He even notes that Grooveshark is just as compliant with the DMCA and Safe Harbor provision as Google-owned YouTube, and we all know that there are millions of songs and videos available on YouTube that Google tries to takedown for violating copyright.
Google has still not revealed what Terms of Service Grooveshark violated, but Geller urges Google and Apple to reconsider its position and make Grooveshark’s mobile apps accessible via its respective app stores. Until that happens, users will have to download the Grooveshark Android app by visiting http://m.grooveshark.com from their Android device and sideload the .apk file (see tutorial here).
Geller contends that Grooveshark is completely legal and promises to defend the unique service that it provides to customers and the many record labels that have chosen to license its music on the website. You can read Geller’s letter in full at Digital Music News.