Last week, streaming music firm Grooveshark shut down its site in Germany, redirecting users to local service Simfy, and blaming the “unreasonably high” licensing demands of German collecting society GEMA. However, GEMA begs to differ. “Contrary to its statements, the provider Grooveshark did not discontinue its services in Germany due to disproportionately high operating expenses,” says GEMA in a statement. “The fact is, as a service provider Grooveshark fundamentally refuses to pay compensation in any shape or form at all for the service. As of this writing, Grooveshark has also not contacted GEMA in any way.” The statement goes on to refer to the lawsuits filed against Grooveshark by major labels, as well as the removal of its native apps from Apple and Google’s mobile app stores.

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