Grooveshargroovesharkk, a music downloading service that was close to its tenth year of operation, has been shut down in a recent court action brought by large recording distributors. UMG, Sony Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, over copyright infringement claims. The settlement came after it appeared that the big record labels were seeking in excess of $700 million from Grooveshark to pay all the fines. These fines were based on $150,000 per song.

Groveshark has claimed it was similar to YouTube by having subscribers “share” their uploaded songs with others. The company then had ordered employees to upload songs and then they made them available for 99 cents. Some money went to record labels but the overall concept was seen as infringing by the big record labels.  As part of the settlement of the court case, Grooveshark shut down its service and left a note to their users encouraging them to use other services like Spotify and Beats among others.

A California lawyer familiar with the laws in regards to streaming content and the protection of intellectual property needs to be consulted by anyone in creation of content that can be shared online or electronically. Intellectual property rights in these industries can be tricky, as the case above shows. If you have an idea or have created a song or video that needs intellectual property protection, contact AXIS Legal Counsel today.

AXIS Legal Counsel represents numerous types of entertainment clients across the country  in entertainment negotiations, opportunities, deals, and disputes. Whether it is agents, managers, talent, musicians, artists, visual artists, producers, filmmakers, directors, photographers, actors/actresses, models, writers, authors, filmmakers, composers, television, singers, songwriters, publishers, or technical talent, AXIS Legal Counsel offers strong representation to all those within the entertainment industry.  Rabeh M. A. Soofi, managing attorney of AXIS is ranked as one of the “Top Women Lawyers of Southern California” by SuperLawyers Rising Stars, and is a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer representing entertainment clients with numerous types of legal matters.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel for legal advice on any entertainment matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation about your legal issue, or visit our Entertainment Portal for more information.  AXIS is a Los Angeles entertainment law firm representing clients with numerous types of entertainment matters and disputes.

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