The controversial streaming app has had an ongoing dispute with majors since launching in 2006. Universal has been trying to sue Grooveshark out of business for a a long time with lawsuits open since January 2012. In it’s latest attempt to dissolve Grooveshark’s rise, Universal has been joined by Sony and Warner Music.
EMI did at one point license Grooveshark the right to stream music, however there was a falling out earlier this year which led to EMI joining the other majors’ fight.
Grooveshark was removed from the Android App store for over a year.
Grooveshark enables users to upload MP3s to the streaming service for fans to listen. This, however, has led to the majors’ uproar with copyrighted material being provided without permission from copyright holders. Grooveshark insists it implies a takedown system when coming across copyrighted material with no consent from the copyright holder. It also claims to act within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which makes it legal in the US.
The application of Grooveshark was removed in 2011 when Universal stepped up it’s pursuit in taking the streaming service offline. However, it’s recent return has been greatly appreciated with a statement from Grooveshark saying: “After working closely with Google to get rogue apps removed, we’re delighted that the official Grooveshark app has been reinstated in the Android market.
“Grooveshark is dedicated to helping music fans search, discover and share music while pioneering new artist promotion, distribution and monetisation techniques. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with Android and leverage this fantastic platform for our partners.”
Grooveshark also claims to have licensing deals with hundreds of licensed content holders, escalating at the turn of 2012.
Neither Google nor the major labels have responded to the news so far.