After being the subject of numerous lawsuits and controversies over the past several years, it appears that file sharing service Grooveshark may be on a proper path to its seemingly inevitable demise. In the midst of several lawsuits, the New York Times reports that Manhattan District Court Judge Thomas P. Griesa ruled the company was liable for numerous cases of copyright infringement.

The case against Grooveshark, based out of Gainesville, Florida and owned by Escape Media Group Inc., came from a collective summary judgement based originally from a 2011 suit against the service. For years, while facing similar lawsuits, Grooveshark had operated under the protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The act was enacted in 1996 to criminalize illegal file distribution of un-licensed technology, primarily shared by file services like Grooveshark and the more famous Napster and Limewire. In 2012, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of Grooveshark in a case brought out by Universal Music, citing that song's predating 1972 were covered in the "Safe Harbor" provision of the DMCA. That ruling, however, was reversed a year later.

Grooveshark's common compliance was that if material violated the provisions of the DMCA, then the files were promptly taken down. However, Griesa ruled against Grooveshark because employees - including CEO Samuel Tarantino and CTO Joshua Greenberg - had uploaded a staggering "5,977" files without any permission from record labels. Greenberg and other employees were also found to have destroying evidence in the case.

"Each time Escape streamed one of plaintiffs' songs recordings, it directly infringed upon plaintiffs' exclusive performance rights," Judge Griesa notes in his judgement.

Grooveshark currently faces two other cases in New York federal and state court from other record labels. Damages for Monday's court ruling have no yet been set.

Despite a bludgeoned reputation over the previous years, Grooveshark still manages to stay in operation. However, this ruling may be the affirmative tilting point for the sharing company. Previously, the Grooveshark app had been completely dropped from Apple and Android markets. Last year, Google completely removed the phrase "grooveshark" from its search filter. And despite previous numerations of a "come back" on the way, this ruling seems to prove otherwise.