International online music service Grooveshark is under fire after a recent court ruling in Denmark. A bailiff's court in Fredericksburg may result in banning the streaming music site.
According to the Inquirer, a Danish ISP has been asked to block Grooveshark within the next four weeks. However, Grooveshark contests the ruling, stating: "We were not a party to the case in Denmark...and disagree with the decision enjoining the Danish ISP from providing online access to our service."
However, UK reports from The Register state that Grooveshark employees were incentivized to upload unlicensed music.
Torrent blog TorrentFreak adds that over 30 entertainment companies were involved in the suit, arguing that they were losing potential revenue to Grooveshark.
Troels Møller, co-founder of Danish think-tank Bitbureauet, thinks the decision is draconian.
“This is an attack on free speech and basic Internet freedom...it’s a slippery-slope into complete internet censorship,” he told TorrentFreak.
Grooveshark is an international online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application. According to its Wikipedia page, Grooveshark has 35 million registered users and streams up to 160 million tracks per month.