New York Federal Judge: Online music service Grooveshark liable for copyright infringement

Following in the footsteps of Napster and LimeWire, another online music service was hit with a copyright infringement judgment Monday. Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court in Manhattan granted summary judgement in favor of the plaintiffs, three record companies, finding that Grooveshark was liable for copyright infringement, violating the plaintiffs’ performance rights under Sec. 106 of the Copyright Act.  Judge Griesa wrote that the illegal uploading of Grooveshark’s own employees and officers of nearly 6,000 songs led to the finding of infringement.

For more on the Grooveshark case, check out Ben Sisario’s article in The New York Times.