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Eagle vs. shark

Grooveshark gets hooked by a $17 billion lawsuit — and brings the national debate over copyright infringement to Central Florida

Photo: Cover design by Jeff Drew, License: N/A

Cover design by Jeff Drew

Photo: Paul Geller, License: N/A

Paul Geller

Photo: Paul Geller, License: N/A

Paul Geller

DOJ spokeswoman Laura Sweeney refuses to discuss specifics about the agency’s plans to move forward on copyright-infringement crackdowns or about pending cases. When asked what criteria would cause a case to rise to the level of DOJ intervention, or whether a site like Grooveshark would be on its radar, she says only that the department “will consider investigating any matter where there is sufficient evidence that willful criminal infringement is occurring.”

Geller, however, says he’s still not worried – well, not too worried, at least.

“I think every Internet-based business is concerned now,” he says. “I don’t think we are more concerned than anyone, but there certainly is a new air of unease in the startup sector.”

But he reiterates that Grooveshark is a “DMCA compliant service that is aggressive about pursing licenses from all necessary parties.”

There is no piracy, he says. The company just wants to do what he says it set out to do from the very beginning.

“You can dub us whatever you want, but we are paying artists and creating jobs,” Geller says.

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