Music streaming service Grooveshark, which the major labels hit with a $17 billion copyright violation lawsuit in 2011, is preparing to relaunch, this time with a digital “tip jar,” which will go to artists. Via Exclaim:
In a blog post, Grooveshark revealed that, starting November 1, the site will continue to let its followers stream music for free, but it will now come with several new features. High among them is a new function where you’ll now have the option to make a donation to an artist you follow through the service. Artists also now have the option of creating their own profiles to collect said donations and are being told they can also add or delete their material from the site. Grooveshark will offer statistics regarding stream counts as well.
While the website is apparently trying to extend the olive branch to musicians via the “tip jar,” Universal had previously accused Grooveshark execs and employees of posting pirated songs and not properly remunerating the artists whose songs they were said to have pinched.
Yes, because convincing people to pay for something they’re used to getting for free will be completely successful.