Google’s YouTube began cracking down on Discord music bots. The search giant has issued an injunction to the owners of the popular Groovy Bot, which allows Discord users to play music from YouTube videos and is installed on more than 16 million Discord servers. Google expects the service to stop working in 7 days and Groovy will shut down its bots on August 30.
Google confirmed to The Verge that it took action in this situation: “We notified Groovy of a violation of our terms of service, including modification of the service and its use for commercial purposes,” wrote a YouTube spokesperson, adding that their API is for developers who adhere to their terms of service.
“For the past five years, Groovy has been an important part of my life. The owner of the Groovy Bot, Nik Ammerlaan, said in the closure announcement that it started because my friend’s robot was bad and I thought I could make one. A Best Groovy Bot robot gets music from YouTube and allows Discord users to play and share on the server where the robot is installed.
Groovy Bot has held a social listening party on Discord, mostly using audio from YouTube videos. It has become very popular in the last five years, with some estimates that it has more than 250 million users. Now it has caught the attention of Google and YouTube.
Rhythm is the most popular Discord music robot and still very strong … “We do not plan to shut it down at this time,” wrote Jet, the co-owner of the Rythm robot, in a message to the user community. Rhythm is installed on nearly 20 million Discord servers and says it has over 560 million users.
We tried to contact one of Rythm’s owners, but after initially responding, the owner did not respond to a request for a suspension order from Google. If Google isn’t happy with Groovy Bot, it’s hard to imagine that it will let Rythm continue.
Several weeks after various YouTube video download sites randomly disappeared, Groovy Bot shut down. The removal of this robot also left a big loophole in Discord’s robotics products. “We take the rights of others seriously and ask developers creating bots for Discord to do the same,” a Discord spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. “If a bot running on Discord violates other people’s rights, the third party or Discord can take action.”