Grooveshark, the Florida-based illegal music streaming site, was officially shuttered in April following a lengthy litigation process resulting in a federal court ruling against them for massive, willful copyright infringement. As part of their settlement with the major labels, Grooveshark agreed to cease operations, wipe clean all of the record companies’ copyrighted works, and hand over ownership of the Grooveshark.com domain, mobile app and intellectual property, including all patents and copyrights. It was a terminal blow for Grooveshark.com, but since that site came down a number of clones have popped up across the web
The clones are functional copies of the old Grooveshark, moved around to evade the shut-down requests of the major labels. But almost as quickly as the clones are set up, they are stamped out. Grooveshark.vc and Grooveshark.io have both been found and shut down, while Grooveshark.im remains up and running, for now. La plus ça change.