Aurous launches, gets sued hours later
“Free music, wherever, whenever”: this is the slogan used by the infamous startup, Aurous. Its services are appealing; according to founder Andrew Sampson, the app uses APIs from websites like Apple Music, Spotify, and Soundcloud to create free, fast-streaming playlists. In essence, Aurous is intended to be a grand compilation of streaming services to allow access to all free music out there.
Though this description sounds perfectly legitimate, not too long after Aurous became visible to the public eye did it become a topic of major scrutiny from the music industry. In fact, following much controversy surrounding its launch, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) wasted no time in creating a lawsuit against the app within hours of its availability. The reason, RIAA cites, is that Sampson created this application with full knowledge of its infringement on copyright.
The lawsuit hardly comes as a surprise upon looking further into Aurous’ inner workings. Among the legal services used to piggyback music off of, it turns out there is a significant chance that the app also uses other illegal pirating sites like MP3skull as sources. Furthermore, the lawsuit points to the fact that a growing user base could easily lead to Sampson attempting to monetize the app. “This service is a flagrant example of a business model powered by copyright theft on a massive scale,” stated an RIAA spokesperson of Aurous.
Following news of the lawsuit, Sampson took to Aurous’ Twitter to state his intention to “fight RIAA and win.”
Via: Fact Magazine