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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > RIAA Won Court Case against Grooveshark Clone

RIAA Won Court Case against Grooveshark Clone

RIAA Won Court Case against Grooveshark Clone

Added: Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The Recording Industry Association of America is celebrating another victory in a prominent piracy lawsuit. The RIAA has won case against the clone of the now defunct Grooveshark music service. As a result, the court granted the copyright holders over $13 million in piracy damages and $4 million for willful counterfeiting.

The original Grooveshark website shut down after settling with the RIAA more than a year ago. But its reincarnation immediately emerged aiming to take its place. The music group didn’t give up and took the matter to court, which swiftly granted an injunction preventing ISPs from offering their services to the new website. In this way, the RIAA was trying to stop the website from building a large user base – this is exactly was happened to clones of other shuttered websites like isoHunt in the past.

Apparently, the RIAA’s strategy paid off, as the clone of the music streaming service remained online for just a few weeks and then vanished from the web, with its operator going silent as well. In the meantime, the operator originally promoted its new service across various media. In response, the RIAA filed for a default judgment, and now the judge granted it. Moreover, RIAA has won millions in damages aside from a permanent injunction preventing the site operator from keeping it online.

The RIAA listed 89 tracks as evidence in its original complaint. The judge eventually awarded the maximum statutory damages ($150,000) for each case of infringement. This totaled to a massive $13,350,000. Moreover, the judge ordered the site owner to pay $4 million for willful counterfeiting of 2 Grooveshark marks and $400,000 for cybersquatting (registering 4 Grooveshark domain names in bad faith). Finally, the Grooveshark domain names were handed over to the Recording Industry Association of America, so they can’t be used for any infringing actions anymore.

This case involved not just the RIAA and Grooveshark’s clone. The judge in the case also ruled that CloudFlare has to disconnect any new Grooveshark clones if notified by the record labels. It should be noted that it was the first time that CloudFlare has been specifically mentioned in a permanent injunction against a pirate service. The matter is that the RIAA asked CloudFlare to detect new Grooveshark clones, but the company refused.

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Date:  Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-17 20:42:07)
analogkid6103 avatarSeems like they win all the cases they bring.

posted by Kitty (2015-12-17 21:53:34)
Crash1 avatarMore like they only REPORT the wins ... Any LOSSES will be buried as far as possible. Anyway, this was a DEFAULT judgement against a website, but they'll never see any of the money as the site owners were never found.

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