EMI Joins UMG, Sony And WMG In Suing Grooveshark
January 9, 2012 at 3:29 AM (PT)
In NOVEMBER (NET NEWS 11/21), UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP filed another copyright lawsuit against GROOVESHARK after it obtained e-mails and other records that show GROOVESHARK's leaders led an effort to post more than 100,000 pirated songs onto the music service. Then in DECEMBER (NET NEWS 12/15/2011), SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and WARNER MUSIC GROUP joined the suit.
Now, reports DIGITALTRENDS.COM, GROOVESHARK is now being sued by EMI for allegedly failing to pay royalties. "The lawsuit, filed in the NEW YORK STATE Supreme Court, does not specify the amount in damages EMI is seeking from GROOVESHARK," but correspondence obtained by THE NEW YORK TIMES indicates "EMI has requested GROOVESHARK pay it $150,000 in royalties."
GROOVESHARK said in a statement that the matter is a "contact dispute," which the company expects to "resolve."