Wednesday 6 January 2010

Music publishers settle over lyrics site

The USA’s National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has said that it has successfully settled its copyright infringement suit brought by members Peermusic, Warner Chappell and Bug Music against Motive Force and Sean Colombo, operators of the unlicensed LyricWiki database of song lyrics. Under the terms, Motive Force and Mr. Colombo will be permanently enjoined from further using unlicensed song lyrics on websites or applications, and will "turn over funds associated with the exploitation of the unauthorized content" saying that all unlicensed content had now moved to a licensed lyric website. The NMPA says that it’s continuing with its action against the alleged unlicensed use of lyrics against LiveUniverse and owner Brad Greenspan, the co-founder of MySpace.

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