In context: Google has unplugged the Discord Groovy Bot music bot. Groovy Bot channels music to Discord servers from sources like YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and others. It allows Discord users to listen to the same music at the same time.
Google has unplugged the Discord Groovy Bot music app. Groovy Bot channels music to Discord servers from sources like YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and others. It allows Discord users to listen to the same music at the same time.
The Groovy Bot app has become quite popular, having been installed on over 16 million Discord servers with around 250 million users. Of course, it’s likely that its widespread use prompted Google-owned YouTube to post a cease and desist letter.
Nik Ammerlaan, the creator and owner of Groovy Bot, informed users this month that he is shutting down the service on August 30. In his announcement, Ammerlaan did not mention that he was forced to scuttle the bot. It looked like he was tired of maintaining the app.
“It is with a heavy heart today that I announce the closure of Groovy,” said the notice. “The team has been thinking about this decision for some time now and unfortunately there is no way forward that includes Groovy.”
However, in an interview with The Verge, Ammerlaan said YouTube sent her a C&D letter but was unsure why it hadn’t arrived sooner. The app has been around for five years.
“I don’t know why they decided to send [a cease and desist] now, ”Ammerlaan told The Verge. “They probably just didn’t know, to be honest. [I knew it would come.] It was just a matter of seeing when that would happen. “
Google has confirmed that it sent the legal request claiming that Ammerlaan abused its APIs and violated its terms of service.
“We have notified Groovy of violations of our terms of service, including modifying the service and using it for commercial purposes,” a YouTube spokesperson said.
It’s unclear why Groovy was singled out, however. Groovy Bot isn’t the only music app on Discord that streams songs from YouTube. A similar bot called Rythm is even more widely used than Groovy. Rythm resides on 20 million Discord servers with over 560 million listeners, but has not received a takedown notice.
Discord officially stands by the legal disclaimer, telling The Verge, “We take the rights of others seriously and ask developers who create bots for Discord to do the same. If a bot running on Discord violates the rights from someone else, that third party or Discord can take action. “
Image credit: Screenshot by The Verge