Music service Grooveshark’s Chairman Sina Simantob sent this email to another executive:
“…we are achieving all this growth without paying a dime to any of the labels… My favorite story related to our case is the story of a kid who appears in front of the judge for sentencing for the crime of having murdered both his parents saying judge have mercy on me cuz I am an orphan.”
“In our case, we use the label’s songs till we get a 100 (million) uniques, by which time we can tell the labels who is listening to their music, where, and then turn around and charge them for the very data we got from them, ensuring that what we pay them in total for streaming is less than what they pay us for data mining. Let’s keep this quite for as long as we can.”
Rude reminder that one needs to be very careful when sending emails. The music service is relaunching as a social music network and was recently sued by the Universal Music Group.