Is it me or has the record industry been more successful than usual at shutting down song-lyric sites?


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4 Responses to Lyrical Crackdown

  1. Spungen says:

    Why would they do such a thing? Do they actually care about protecting the lyrics? It’s not like people buy a CD to find out what the lyrics are.

  2. Webmaster says:

    Spungen:

    Answer 1 – because they’re assholes.

    Answer 2 – because they technically hold “copyright” over the lyrics.

    What is sad is that while lyric sheets ought to encourage people to buy the music, they’ve stopped including lyric sheets with a lot of CD’s lately as well. So even the “legal” purchasers have no easy way of getting to the lyrics to figure out what someone is rather unintelligibly grunting on that latest (c)rap CD, let alone the iTunes/Rhapsody/whatever purchaser.

    But hey – when it comes to suing someone, never fear, your local chapter of the MafiAA will be there.

  3. trumwill says:

    I don’t think that they’re being assholes (well, about this in particular). I can understand perfectly why they would crack down on independently run lyric sites. I do think, however, that they are being incredibly stupid and short-sighted. They should be doing it themselves.

    What I don’t understand is why they don’t have an index-searchable database of their own that I can access by just typing a few words in a text-box. That would sell more records any billboard ad. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a song on the radio and found the name of the song and artist by way of Google.

    At the very least, they ought to be working with Amazon.com or some CD outlet on the matter.

  4. logtar says:

    I thought must artist had them on their website… I have translated some lyrics to Spanish and viceversa nd I never even thought about copyright infridgement… uh oh, I might be breaking the law.

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