Music Publishers Going After Song Lyric Sites
September 12, 2007 at 5:38 AM (PT)
Music publishers have quietly stepped up their efforts to shut down popular mebsites that publish lyrics to songs without their permission -- and are demanding that GOOGLE and YAHOO! remove all references to them in search results, reports THE NEW YORK POST. The NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION has launched an attack on both illegal-song lyric sites and search engines that link to them, people familiar with the situation said.
Publishers last summer waged a similar crusade against websites that published guitar notes from popular songs.
The move against lyric sites comes as the publishing business is in the midst of rolling out official online-lyric offerings through such places as YAHOO! MUSIC and REAL NETWORKS' RHAPSODY, via deals with lyric aggregators GRACENOTE and LYRICFIND.
Among the sites in the crosshairs are AZ LYRICS UNIVERSE and LYRICS.COM.