Embattled streaming music service Grooveshark may be about to settle one of its lawsuits, against EMI Music Publishing. The Verge reports that the latter is expected to end its legal action and sign a new licensing deal with Grooveshark “perhaps as early as this week”, although it’s unclear which side of the negotiations is being leaky. Grooveshark’s troubles aren’t over though: other major labels are still suing the company for copyright infringement; its mobile apps remain barred from Apple and Google’s app stores; Google has added the site to its Autocomplete block-list; and the BPI is rumoured to be considering an ISP-level block of the site in the UK. The lawsuits’ drain on Grooveshark’s resources (and the likely impact on its ability to raise funding) may be the company’s biggest challenge, even though it still has an audience. Earlier this year, NPD Group estimated that Grooveshark was used by 3% of 13-35 year-olds in the US (Bulletin, 3-Apr-13).
Source: The Verge