Although it’s legal status was never fully determined by the courts. Immediately after Grooveshark officially closed it’s doors in early 2015 in a settlement with the music industry after a string of court cases claimed it hadn’t secured the proper licenses for the music it was distributing. Several clones quickly sprung up in it’s place only to be equally rapidly sued and taken offline by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Yet another clone appears to have surfaced in recent months however, this time using the a domain name registered in the Isle of Man (grooveshark.im) by an individual who used an address in the town of Lima in Peru, South America. With Internet traffic measurement web site Alexa.com showing the clone gaining traction rapidly particularly in neighboring Brazil.
Grooveshark was a web-based music streaming service originally launched in around 2007. It was owned and operated by the Escape Media Group. And allowed users to upload digital audio files, which could then be streamed and organized into playlists. It’s website had a search engine, music streaming features, and a recommendation system.