Grooveshark Sued In Tennessee Court
August 2, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The online music service GROOVESHARK, previously sued by UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and EMI, is now facing a suit from "the former lead singer of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD and the man who wrote 'Rhinestone Cowboy,'" reports THE TENNESSEAN.
The lawsuit was filed by attorney STEPHEN GRAUBERGER, who is representing MARK FARNER (the former lead singer of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) and LARRY WEISS (who wrote "Rhinestone Cowboy" and DAVID HOFFNER (a NASHVILLE session player and composer).
"They’re selling advertising and they’re selling subscriptions," said HOFFNER, who claims GROOVESHARK is using about 20 of his songs without permission. "GROOVESHARK is making money by streaming music that they haven't licensed."
"We have an entire department dedicated to licensing music and servicing those relationships," said GROOVESHARK SVP/Business Development And Public Policy PAUL GELLER. "It only takes one e-mail to remove anything you dislike from our site. It doesn’t make sense why they would file suit without talking to us first, unless their intentions were dubious."