Industry site Digital Music News has received a subpoena from Grooveshark demanding the identity of the anonymous visitor whose comment on a story is a key piece of evidence in the streaming music service’s legal battle with Universal Music Group. The comment alleged that Grooveshark employees were uploading music to the service with the full knowledge of management – one of the triggers for UMG to file its lawsuit against the company. Digital Music News is demanding that the subpoena be withdrawn, claiming that it does not retain records related to anonymous comments for more than 48 hours after they were published. As PaidContent points out, there could be some gnarly legal issues here: does an anonymous commenter on a blog constitute a journalistic source that can be protected without being in contempt of court?

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