On April 6, 2011, Grooveshark, the popular streaming service, was shut out of Google’s Android marketplace, at the request of the RIAA. The company was given no explanation, apart from that the RIAA wanted it taken down. Google complied, which has really chafed the ass of Grooveshark, who released a monster letter aimed at Google saying that Grooveshark broke no laws, and that it plans to start fighting Google in the courts. Here’s a sampling of the letter:
On April 6, 2011, Grooveshark learned the hard way what happens to companies that fail to respond to misleading press created by their detractors and competitors. Google removed our app from the Android Marketplace at approximately 5pm PST on Friday April 1st at the request of the RIAA.
Google hasn’t specified what it was in their “Terms of Service” that we allegedly violated, but there does appear to be some confusion about whether Grooveshark is a legal service. So let’s set the record straight: there is nothing illegal about what Grooveshark offers to consumers.
…In light of the recent misleading press concerning Grooveshark’s application, it is important to make clear that we will defend our service, and the letter and the spirit of the law, in court and in Congress. We will defend our name and our ideals for the sake of our users who expect modern delivery systems and comprehensive access across devices, for the sake of artists and content owners who fear another decade of decline, and for other innovators who continue to bring new ideas to market through the expression of creativity in the form of technology. We ask that Google and Apple, embrace the spirit of competition and do right by users in making our applications available to consumers immediately.
The odds of any company going at Google and winning are probably negligible. But still, good luck to Grooveshark. Read the whole letter here.