EMI Music ends Grooveshark streaming deal


Record label EMI Music has terminated its contract with controversial streaming website Grooveshark, reports the BBC.

Last year Universal Music sued Grooveshark for copyright infringment and three months ago EMI took legal action for non-payment of royalties.

Three other major record labels – Sony, Universal and Warner – are also taking the US-based site to court.

The site, which is owned by Escape Media Group, was accused by EMI in January of not paying "a single royalty payment" or providing "a single accounting statement". Grooveshark denies this.

EMI's withdrawal means Grooveshark currently has no major music labels on board.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.