UK record industry body may seek court order to block Grooveshark

The UK’s record label trade body may be plotting court action against the streaming service.

After recently securing injuctions that forced internet service providers to block a number of file-sharing websites, it seems the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) now has its sights set on Grooveshark, the controversial website that lets users stream millions of songs free of charge.

As CMU reports via Torrentfreak, when the BPI is considering taking legal action to secure a web-block, it standardly contacts all UK labels through collecting society PPL to see if they have a licensing arrangement with targeted sites. PPL recently sent a message asking labels whether they are currently licensing content to Grooveshark, leading to speculation that the streaming service is next in line to be blocked.

Grooveshark’s owners say that their service is legal, and the site operates a takedown system to remove unlicensed content in line with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, because the DMCA does not apply outside the U.S., Grooveshark could be liable for infringement in a UK court.

Last year it was revealed that the BPI had used the DMCA to expunge a negative review of Drake’s album Take Care from the internet. The organisation apologised for what it described as an “isolated error”.



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