Danish ISPs to begin blocking Grooveshark

"There's no such thing as free", the saying goes, and if news breaking in Denmark is to be believed, the music streaming service Grooveshark's existence is limited. The music streaming site is no stranger to controversy, having been threatened with lawsuits and takedown in the past, though it has somehow always sustained and survived. Now, the game is up in Denmark.

As Danish news site B.DK reports, Grooveshark is to be blocked in the near future by certain telecommunications companies in the country. A Bailiff's Court in Fredriksberg has requested that telecommunications company Three (or 3, as it is also simply shortened to) immediately blocks customers from accessing the controversial music streaming service. Citing violations of international copyright, the Danish government is looking into ensuring the service is blocked.

According to attorney Maria Fredenslund, the service is based on lies and deception. Users believe that the service is legal, providing payment to existing musicians and record labels, though this is not the case. Grooveshark has also previously received Neowin's attention for the same reason, back in July 2011. Somehow the service seems to have escaped the lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group at the time unscathed, though the Danish lawsuit could be the start of a snowballing effect.

Grooveshark's time is almost definitely limited. Once the first block has been executed the floodgates could open for any other country to join in, and with laws such as ACTA, file sharing sites could also be closing in the near future due to pressure.

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This is plain ridiculous. Really hope it doesn't go through. Also, you might want to correct the link to the article to say "Berlingske" instead of B.dk. Berlingske is a both a paper and a news site here in Denmark.

Who cares about Denmark any ways. They don't do nothing interesting any way. They allow stupid ignorant citizens kill Dolphins to show they are a real men.

KomaWeiss said,
Who cares about Denmark any ways. They don't do nothing interesting any way. They allow stupid ignorant citizens kill Dolphins to show they are a real men.

What? o_0

KomaWeiss said,
Who cares about Denmark any ways. They don't do nothing interesting any way. They allow stupid ignorant citizens kill Dolphins to show they are a real men.

/sigh
*anything.

KomaWeiss said,
Who cares about Denmark any ways. They don't do nothing interesting any way. They allow stupid ignorant citizens kill Dolphins to show they are a real men.

You, sir, are retarded. There is no dolphins in Denmark. This is going on at the Faeroe islands, which technically is a part of the Danish Kingdom but it is almost self-governed, as has been since 1948.

Please get your facts straight before speaking ill of Denmark again

Oh and 3.DK are fighting back because they think that GrooveShark is legal and that there is nothing wrong with GS.

Oh well, once they close Grooveshark I'll probably move onto Zune Pass (and whatever Xbox LIVE thing it turns into in the future) or Spotify Premium (I'm saving up all the "free month of Spotify Premium" etc. codes I come across ).

I think it's only 3.Dk that is going to block it.. because im from denmark using TDC as ISP and nothing has changed for me and my parents are using Telenor as ISP. So not all ISPs are blocking it

RettighedsAlliancen er rekvirant i sagen, som tilfældigvis bliver ført mod teleselskabet 3 i håb om, at øvrige internetudbydere vil følge trop efter Fogedrettens anvisninger.

Which means that they told 3 to block access to Grooveshark and they're hoping that other ISP's will do the same.

Shaydx said,
I think it's only 3.Dk that is going to block it.. because im from denmark using TDC as ISP and nothing has changed for me and my parents are using Telenor as ISP. So not all ISPs are blocking it

I also live in Denmark and it's true that only one ISP ('3') is blocking access, but the others usually follow suit (as they did with The Pirate Bay) otherwise they will be dragged to court and have to block it anyway.

It has to be said that the '3' have argued that it would be "disproportionate [to block access] and would constitute censorship of legal content", but unfortunately the court didn't agree. '3' does plan to appeal the ruling as they have publicly stated that they don't want to play the role of internet police. I'm with '3' on this!