As soon as the RIAA successfully shuts down one file sharing service another one pops up. So here’s September’s entry: Groovejaar.
Enter Groovejaar, a brand new piece of open source music downloading software that essentially takes Grooveshark and turns it into LimeWire, but with super-fast downloads, great quality MP3s – and absolutely no malware.
The software itself is small at just 1.4mb and requires Java to run. A few seconds later and Groovejaar is downloaded, installed and ready to go.
Groovejaar is very easy to use and has just a few user settings to contend with. The most important initially is to set a hard drive location where music can be downloaded to. After that users can entertain themselves with different skins and an option for multiple simultaneous downloads. Users can also pull in their own playlists from external sites.
…Groovejaar doesn’t carry any of its own content, it’s all carried by Grooveshark, so its creator is physically unable to comply with any takedown requests. The ‘Get Top Songs’ feature may indeed pull up a lot of unlicensed content, but those lists are maintained by Grooveshark. In this sense the Groovejaar client is ‘dumb’ and content agnostic.
….It might still be illegal, but people are never sued for watching or listening to unauthorized content on YouTube and they won’t be sued for doing the same with Grooveshark or Groovejaar. Not least because they’re impossible to track legally.
If the copyright holders don’t want their stuff on either service, it is their responsibility to take it down. That’s the way it works.