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Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January — billboard.com

Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called Broadcasts. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Grooveshark is planning to launch Broadcasts in January. (Broadcasts the app is not to be confused with Broadcast, the user-created radio feature Grooveshark launched last year.) The advertising-free service will be priced at 99 cents per month, a bargain compared to similar offerings. A company spokesperson did not respond to Billboard's request for comment. Grooveshark has spent years defending -- in both the courtroom and the court of public opinion -- its business. The company has incurred lawsuits from all three major labels for operating without licenses. The labels scored a major victory in September when a judge in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled that Grooveshark had infringed on thousands of their copyrights and, because of their specific actions, were not protected by the fair use clause of copyright law. Taratino told Billboard in October that the company plans to appeal the decision.

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