Online music streaming service Grooveshark recently switched to a new design. Given all the questions over the service’s legality, it’s quite likely that the latest redesign is intended to bring the company some good fortune in the courtroom. Actually, it better be a good luck charm because Grooveshark desperately needs one as its legal woes show no sign of ebbing. The company now finds itself in the cross hairs of a Danish anti-piracy outfit.
According to Torrentfreak, the Rettigheds Alliancen (formerly Antipiratgruppen) has sent a letter to the Danish “bailiff court” seeking an order asking Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country to block (DNS blocking) the music streaming service.
“When you want to offer music on the Danish market, one must have an agreement with rightholders to do so. Grooveshark does not and has been completely uncooperative,” RettighedsAlliancen chief Maria Fredenslund told Politiken. “There is a burgeoning market for online music that we believe it is necessary to support. We are in a situation where the market will die if Grooveshark continues.”
Meanwhile, Piratgruppen (Piracy Group) chairman Troels Møller, who calls this “censorship”, sees a hidden agenda. He told Torrentfreak, “Grooveshark reacts to takedown notices, but that is not good enough for the copyright industry – they want complete control. And I can see why since Spotify, partially owned by the record companies, was just launched in Denmark. It is a very convenient time to get rid of the competition.”