In the context: Google has disabled the Discord Groovy Bot music bot. Groovy Bot streams music to Discord servers from sources such as YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and more. This allows Discord users to listen to the same music at the same time.
Google Disabled Discord Music App Groovy Bot… Groovy Bot streams music to Discord servers from sources such as YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and more. This allows Discord users to listen to the same music at the same time.
The Groovy Bot app has become quite popular as it has been installed on over 16 million Discord servers with estimated 250 million users. Of course, it’s likely that its widespread use prompted Google-owned YouTube to post a cease-and-desist letter.
Nick Ammerlaan, creator and owner of Groovy Bot, notified users this month that he will be shutting down the service on August 30th. In his statement, Ammerlaan did not mention that he was forced to destroy the bot. It looks like he’s tired of supporting the app.
“Today it is with a heavy heart that I announce the closure of Groovy,” reads the notice. “The team has been pondering this decision for some time now, and unfortunately there is no way forward that includes Groovy.”
However, in an interview with The Verge, Ammerlan said that YouTube is indeed send he received a letter from C&D, but he was not sure why it had not arrived earlier. The app has been around for five years.
“I don’t know why they decided to send [a cease and desist] now, ”Ammerlan told The Verge. “To be honest, they probably just didn’t know about it. [I knew it would come.] You just had to see when it happened. “
Google confirmed it had submitted a legal request alleging that Ammerlaan was abusing its APIs and violating its terms of service.
“We have notified Groovy of violations of our Terms of Service, including changes to the service and its commercial use,” a YouTube spokesman said.
However, it is not clear why Groovy was chosen. Groovy Bot isn’t the only music app on Discord to stream tunes from YouTube. A similar bot called Rhythm is even more widely used than Groovy. Rythm is on 20 million Discord servers with over 560 million listeners, but has not received a deletion notification.
Discord officially supports the legal warning, telling The Verge: “We take the rights of others seriously and require developers who create bots for Discord to do the same. If a Discord bot violates someone’s rights, that third party or Discord can act. “
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