Yahoo! Launches Section With Music Lyrics
April 24, 2007 at 5:56 AM (PT)
YAHOO! is expanding its online music section by adding lyrics of nearly 400,000 songs. The company says that with this move, it is hoping to cater to Web surfers looking for a more reliable alternative to Internet sites that publish lyrics without express permission from copyright owners.
YAHOO! says the free service, being unveiled today, is the Web's largest legally licensed database of lyrics. Apparently, song lyrics available on other Web sites break the law by posting words without approval from publishers and writers. YAHOO! says, by contrast, it is offering the song lyrics in a legal manner. Under the licensing agreement, YAHOO! will share with copyright holders revenue from the ads that will be displayed alongside the lyrics.