Tunecore To Artists: Boycott Grooveshark
April 13, 2012 at 5:06 AM (PT)
A week after EMI decided to join UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP in its lawsuit against GROOVESHARK (NET NEWS 4/4), TUNECORE Founder/CEO JEFF PRICE unloaded YESTERDAY on the controversial music streaming service GROOVESHARK, calling for a boycott and describing it as "a fish rotting from the head down."
Writing on the TUNECORE blog, PRICE authored a very passionate case against GROOVESHARK, which he further described as a company whose leaders "knowingly and willingly use a legal loophole to steal from artists and songwriters."
We are achieving all this growth without paying a dime to any of the labels.
In writing his commentary, PRICE was meticulous in detailing his grievances, paying particular attention to e-mails first reported by CNET, which were written by GROOVESHARK Chairman, SINO SIMANTOB. In one such e-mail that was apparently sent to GROOVESHARK Co-Founder/CTO JOSH GREENBERG, SIMANTOB wrote "the only thing that I want to add is this: we are achieving all this growth without paying a dime to any of the labels."
As PRICE notes, CNET's conclusion was that the e-mail to GREENBERG was part of an apparent strategy to create so much interest in its service that labels would ultimately have no choice but to look past the lack of payments and eventually pay GROOVESHARK more in data mining revenue than GROOVESHARK might one day have to pay the labels for streaming their artists' songs, but PRICE's own conclusion is even more damning:
"The people running (GROOVESHARK) are immoral and could care less about who and/or what they hurt as long as they make money. They make the major labels look like saints. From my perspective, there is no possible way anyone could seriously work at that place and state they truly care about musicians and songwriters (unless they are so delusional or drank so much of their own Kool-Aid they lost touch with reality)."
All of which brings PRICE to his ultimate belief that artists should immediately boycott GROOVESHARK and encourage their fans to do so as well. Addressing this point expressly to the artists who read his blog, PRICE continues:
"So what can you do if your recordings or songs are on GROOVESHARK without your authorization? Number one, tell your fans NOT TO USE THEM. Start a Twitter "Boycott GROOVESHARK" campaign. Even better, learn who is advertising with GROOVESHARK and then tweet, email and/or call those companies and tell them to stop giving GROOVESHARK money."
To read PRICE's full post on the TUNECORE blog, click here.