Grooveshark signs agreements with EMI

By Anthony Clark | The Gainesville Sun

Grooveshark announced that it has signed settlement and licensing agreements with EMI Music Publishing, ending a dispute over royalty payments.

EMI sued the Gainesville-based online music streaming service in January 2012 and later terminated its licensing agreement, saying Grooveshark owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalty payments to the label and its artists.

The agreements resolve all matters and disputes between the companies, Grooveshark said in an announcement Tuesday.

Grooveshark did not respond to requests for further comment.

Grooveshark says it licenses content from thousands of artists, publishers, labels and distributors, but EMI is the only one of the big four music publishers that has a licensing agreement with Grooveshark.

Universal Music Group has pending lawsuits against Grooveshark in federal court and New York state court. Sony Music and Warner Music Group joined the federal suit, among other labels.



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