From Torrent Freak:

Last May, Grooveshark shut down after settling with the RIAA. However, within days a “clone” was launched aiming to take its place.

The RIAA feared the worst and took the matter to court, where it swiftly obtained an injunction, preventing various Internet service providers from offering their services to the site.

Through the lawsuit the record labels hoped to stop the site from gaining a large user base, something that previously happened to clones of other shuttered sites such as isoHunt.

This strategy paid off. Initially the Grooveshark ‘clone’ remained online for a few weeks, hopping from domain name to domain name, but it eventually vanished from the Internet.

The operator of the site went silent as well. Initially he widely promoted the clone in various media, but in court there was no response at all. This prompted the RIAA to file for a default judgment which has now been granted by U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan.

“Defendants have engaged in willful copyright infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrights through the Counterfeit Service, which allows users to download and stream infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted sound recordings directly from servers operated or controlled by Defendants, in violation of Plaintiffs’ copyrights,” the judgement reads.

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Aside from a permanent injunction preventing the owner of the site from keeping it online, RIAA has also win millions in damages.

In the original complaint the record labels listed 89 tracks as evidence. The court awarded the maximum statutory damages ($150,000) for each infringement…

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