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Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736 Million, Judge Rules

Posted by Mike McCready | April 24th, 2015 | 1 Response – 

In the lawsuit of UMG v. Escape Media, Grooveshark’s parent company, the judge has set the range of statutory damages. On Monday, the jury will be instructed that the maximum statutory damage is $150,000 per infringed work rather than the usual $30,000 because the infringements were willful.

Minimum Due From Grooveshark & Founders: $3.7 Million

With 4907 tracks ruled infringing, the minimum total damages that can be awarded is $3,680,250 and the maximum is $736,050,000, according to the judge.

“Escape was directly liable for the infringing uploads of its employees, because the record included uncontroverted evidence that defendants instructed their employees to upload copyright protected music onto Grooveshark,” the judge wrote in his decision. “The court also found that defendants Tarantino and Greenberg-the co-founders of Grooveshark-were jointly and severally liable for Escape’s infringement, and were also liable for direct infringement based on their own infringing uploads.”


Mike McCready is an entrepreneur at the crossroads of music and technology. He pioneered the introduction of Hit Song Science into the music industry and followed up with Music Xray, the company he co-founded and serves as CEO. His companies have been the subject of case studies at Harvard Business School, IESE and he frequently guest speaks at many of the top business schools around the world. He helps the music industry identify high potential songs and talent and helps musicians get deals, get fans, & get better:

  • Nathan Malbrue

    I am The Sole owner of Rokk Steady Production, Cold Cash Publishing, and Rokk Steady Records. I was forced to abandon my Web Site on 1&1 in 2010, when became apparent that music was being downloaded from my Web Page, and being sold on the Internet, and Music Outlets, all over the World. I would often get calls from France or Germany, complimenting on the Music on the Label. The Music in question, the cd Paths to Greatness featuring Carlos Santana by The Caribbean Allstars the songs on the cd, Paths to Greatness: Sette Messagana: Caught in The Middle: Oh What a Situation: Ras Clatt Ridd’m: Can’t Keep A Good Man Down: Commercialization: Greyship Daviz 3 songs, Traffic (Cheek to Cheek Bumper to Bumper): Get Up Get Down Let Your Body Pop: This Groove is On The Loose: Eddy McGee & Nathan Malbrue’s Midnight Flower, and Getting Ready for The Changes. Eddy McGee’s Let Me Touch You: Platinum Squid’s Anxious for You: Beaches of My Mind: Sip. Let Me Hold You Down: CB Horror of The Night featuring Derrick: Caribbean Allstars Snake in A De Gras: This Music Is on the Rokk Steady Records Label, and I am the only one that can Grant reproduction of this Music, and I have not done so, the only reproduction of the cd Paths to Greatness, and Live & Direct was Granted in 1994 to Skalde Musik, a sub of Herman Records out of Germany, which expired in 1999. Dunn & Bradstreet, and Manta, two of the major income reporting Companies for the Record Industries reported Rokk Steady Income at $600,000 to $1,000,000.00 since 2000. Rokk Steady has not receive ANY MONIES DURING THIS PERIOD. However, I have kept the Company solvent and out of debt, for 33 YEARS. I must now attempt to sale half of the Company to survive. Never the less, if we were to believe the Income Reports, THERE HAVE TO BE MONEY SOMEWHERE OUT THERE OWED TO THE LABEL. We Are talking SEVEN to FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS worth of Income. Certainly the Company should be worth 2 million, considering Rokk Steady was Force to withdraw from the Market three years ago. Nathan Malbrue