When it comes to music you will find people that pay for everything without cutting corners and then you also have those that want a freebie, which means the artists they love are missing out on cash in some circumstances. The popularity of free music streaming service Grooveshark has meant thousands of users want it on the iPhone, and while this is obviously not possible without a jailbreak it can be accessed directly via Grooveshark’s HTML5 web app, which works well on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, and many other mobile devices.
You can see the simple web app in the screenshot above, which allows users to search for music and browse popular music without paying for streaming the songs. This free ride could come to an end soon in the UK and United States, especially if the governments take the sort of action seen recently in Denmark.
This article is reporting that Denmark’s 3 strike rule is being thrown away in favor of direct action at ISP level, which means that file sharing websites will be blocked, so users will not be able to access them. You might have noticed this sort of blocking when you visit hotels, superstores, and other public areas but how would you feel if your home broadband starts seeing more websites blocked?
Action like this will involve the government, courts, rightsholders, and ISPs all talking to each other and of course we are only talking Denmark at the moment. We know plenty of iOS users sit at home or on some Wi-Fi networks using Grooveshark, which is thanks to its simplicity and easy access to free music. Some people even have it permanently bookmarked on their homescreen thanks to the convenient popup offering this in one click when you access the HTML5 page.
Should the US and UK start blocking file-sharing websites at the ISP level, and if they do how would you feel about this? While Grooveshark has acquired licences to play many songs there are also songs that are uploaded by users without permission from the rightsholders, although Grooveshark do state they will “act expeditiously” when it comes to removing content. The problem is the amount of people using Grooveshark and how hard it must be to monitor music accessed via their service.