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Gainesville's Grooveshark Digital Music Service Closes Up Shop

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MIT Technology Review en español
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The Gainesville-based music streaming service Grooveshark shut down for good last week.

Grooveshark, owned and operated by Escape Media Group, was taken offline as part of a settlement in a federal copyright lawsuit filed by nine record companies. U.S. court district judge Thomas P. Griesa ruled the company didn’t own rights to music being shared across its network.

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Alyssa Brown says keeping talented employees in the local work force is priority number one.

“We are engaged and fully supporting the founders of the company to make sure that we do every we can to hold on to this brilliant talent and to help to create more opportunities for them,” Brown said.

At its peak, Grooveshark had nearly 35 million users, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Photo credit: Andrés Barreto by MIT Technology Review en español is used under CC BY NC SA 2.0.