Here’s something likely to make music industry lawyers choke on their coffees this morning: the latest Android app promising free music downloads, complete with lyrics to make the publishers sit up too. It’s actually the second version of the Sharky app, with the developer enigmatically suggesting that people who bought the first version “please email us for explanation”. Anyway, the app promises “hundreds of millions of songs” available for download, and even has a screen dedicated to suggesting popular tracks (Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia and Adele make appearances in the Google Play store screenshots). Although it’s been installed less than 50 times, so not exactly a huge risk to artist and rightsholder revenues at this point, we predict it’ll be getting some scrutiny given the debate around Google’s takedown policies.

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