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Grooveshark claims Universal’s copyright lawsuit is baseless

Grooveshark, a music-sharing site, is now on the wrong end of a lawsuit on November 18th filed by Universal Music Group, which contends that the site has posted more than 100,000 pirated songs. The lawsuit points to executives at Grooveshark as having personally uploaded much of the copyrighted content: Universal Music says it found evidence that Samuel Tarantino, Grooveshark’s CEO, uploaded at least 1,791 copyrighted songs and Benjamin Westermann-Clark, a VP for the company, is accused of uploading more than 4,600 pirated songs.

Universal Music is one of the largest music companies and is home to artists such as Lady Gaga and U2. In the lawsuit, Universal has asked the court to issue a permanent injunction against Grooveshark, which would shut the site down. Universal is also seeking the maximum in monetary damages, which amounts to $150,000 per infringing act.

Responding to these allegations, Grooveshark has commented that this lawsuit is based on a “gross mischaracterization of information.”

Grooveshark’s general counsel, Marshall Custer, further goes on to say: “Universal’s claims rest almost entirely on an anonymous, blatantly false Internet blog comment and Universal’s gross mischaracterization of information that Grooveshark itself provided to Universal. While Universal has deliberately engaged the media prior to serving a copy of the complaint on Grooveshark, Grooveshark intends to fight this battle before the court, not in the press.”

The original article can be read here.

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