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Google pulls Grooveshark from Android Market over copyright

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Wed April 6, 2011

Google removes Grooveshark from Android Market

Google has quietly dropped Grooveshark's mobile app from Android Market. Insiders said Wednesday that music labels had pushed Google into action under claims that the search-and-play service was breaking copyright law. The company issued a non-response to CNET that said it pulled apps that "violated our policies" without directly attaching the claim to Grooveshark or mentioning labels.

Its timing is convenient as Google is being asked to testify in an investigation of how companies like itself might be profiting indirectly from piracy. Some industry figures have accused Google of knowingly letting pirates run AdSense and AdWords ads that not only help steer users to music and movie rips but generate ad revenue.

Grooveshark has usually operated in a gray area. It lets users post songs to share them with others. While it ostensibly would be to allow for homemade tracks, the company has typically had only light monitoring and started licensing EMI's music in 2009 only after the label filed a lawsuit.

Apple was more proactive and pulled Grooveshark in August.

by MacNN Staff



  1. peter02l

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Of course, Apple did it because they are closed, controlling and greedy. Google did it because the record labels are those things.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just love how 'breaking copyright law' is now defined as "any program or activity that could possibly be used to break copyright law".

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yup. Any peer to peer applications

    could be crushed under that boot heel.

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