Is it considered kosher to make a post on the blue that relies heavily on Grooveshark songs? Or is that as much a no-no as posts that provide links to torrents and unauthorized downloads? Grooveshark only streams songs, rather than providing people with downloads, so does that make it as OK as YouTube?
posted by Rory Marinich to Etiquette/Policy at 10:39 AM (19 comments total)
I want to make an FPP about Mike Oldfield's music that's not Tubular Bells, because Oldfield is my all-time favorite composer and his non-Tubular Bells work is utterly fantastic. (Also because Oldfield gives some fascinating and sort-of-wonky interviews.) But because a significant amount of his work is too long to fit on YouTube, Grooveshark is the only place where you can find his music online.
In particular, his piece Amarok is exactly 60 minutes long, and very difficult to snippet (it was deliberately composed to be unsnippetable), and I think it's Oldfield's best work, so I'd want to include a link to it. And the only place it's readily available is Grooveshark. So would it be okay to link to that, considering it's just a stream?
I did a search to see if Grooveshark's used a lot on the blue, but only two posts
have, and one of those was my own. Neither one led to an in-thread discussion of Groovesharking, so it's been allowed before; still, I'm uncertain about using Grooveshark as a primary web site, so I want to see what other users/the mods think before composing a long, Grooveshark-y post.