When someone connected to Grooveshark claimed to have relaunched the site, we predicted swift legal action to whack this particular mole – even though, as it turned out, the site was less a new Grooveshark than a cloned version of another filesharing site. Still, that legal action still came, with labels filing a complaint in New York against the owners of Grooveshark.io alleging counterfeiting, trademark infringement,
cybersquatting and copyright infringement – remember, those trademarks now belong to copyright holders after their settlement with Grooveshark. The judge agreed, and issued a temporary restraining order and seizure order for Grooveshark.io’s domain name. Its owner, who goes by the name of ‘Shark’, is defiant, claiming that the site had been attracting more than 1m daily users. “They think they can scare us as they did with the original Grooveshark… But they don’t understand that that’s exactly why we’re here and we don’t scare easy. We won’t give in to this type of bullying,” they said, relaunching the site at a new domain. More whacks to come.