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Partially licensed music site Grooveshark has now been sued by composers, including the author of Rhinestone Cowboy, Mark Weiss, for copyright infringement, CNet reports.

The Florida-based outfit has struck a curious stance, saying it doesn't need licences but has been getting them here and there – it now claims to have deals with 1,000 labels and the three US performing rights companies. But of the big four, only EMI licenses music to Grooveshark – and this doesn't include Pink Floyd, who object to having their concept albums sold piecemeal. The company is also currently dealing with litigation from Universal Music.

Grooveshark initially offered a download service which rewarded the uploader for the copyright infringement; not surprisingly this was withdrawn. It now offers on-demand streaming and playlists, through a generic iTunes-style UI, with ads supporting a free service and $6 and $9 monthly subscriptions also available.

Apple pulled the Grooveshark app from its store last year and Google gave it the boot from the Android App Store earlier this year.

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It must galling for a Spotify or a Rdio to spend years and much expense (large record companies will happily swallow 110 per cent of a company’s start-ups equity) negotiating to do the right thing, only to see scofflaws plead ignorance. ®

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