Monday, July 20, 2015

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg found dead at 28; Washington Post, 7/20/15

Abby Phillip, Washington Post; Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg found dead at 28:
"The site Greenberg co-founded once had more than 35 million users, nearly 150 employees and two offices at its peak. But for much of its existence, it had been beset by legal challenges.
Record labels accused the site of playing music without acquiring licenses by leaning heavily on user-uploaded music.
In May, the site was shuttered, and Greenberg and co-founder Sam Tarantino issued an apologetic statement after a federal judge ruled that they had willfully violated copyright law.
“We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music,” they wrote in an apology. “But despite the best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.”
They added: “That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservations.”
As part of the settlement, the company agreed to hand over its Web site, mobile apps and intellectual property. They faced up to $75 million in penalties if the terms of the settlement were violated."

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