Late last year Universal Music Group sued streaming music service Grooveshark claiming that they consciously pirated thousands of songs. Their lawsuit mentions anonymous comments at Digital Music News by someone claiming to be a Grooveshark employee, who states the above as a fact, as well as emails by Grooveshark executives that appear to reveal awareness of pirated music on the service.
As part of their legal defense, Grooveshark's legal team, on behalf of parent company Escape Media Group, subpoenaed a wide range of information including digital clues to the commenters identity in a form that Digital Music News' Paul Resnikoff states is impossible to provide and violates protections for whistleblowers.
In the document below, I have gathered statements regarding the progression of this music tech and media drama in order to provide an overview of this story (sections in bold are from the original source). Digital Music News provides copies of the legal document on the below linked posts, especially here. Take a close look and decide for yourself what's happening.
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