Copyright Issues with Lyrics

In response to:

Rap Genius Named the Most ‘Blatantly Illegal’ Lyric Site by Music Publishers…

David Lowery from the University of Georgia has recently published a list of the “Top 50 Undesirable Lyric Websites.”  These sites, according to Lowery, post music lyrics but do not have a license to do so.  Thus, they are violating copyright laws.  The music industry has taken note of this and the National Music Publishers’ Association has declared legal warfare against these illegal lyric sites.  Do you believe this is illegal?  Should people be allowed to post lyrics on web sites?  How does posting these lyrics actually harm the artists?  Discuss you opinion on this issue and decide whether you think this is a good idea or not.

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Violating Copyright Laws are a serious allegation to be accused of. Many companies can be destroyed for copyright infringement, and it can cost millions of dollars. I do believe that the National Music Publishers Association should take action on issues with copyright infringement, I do not, however, believe that posting lyrics should be considered as such.

How does posting these lyrics actually harm the artists? This is a great question. There is no harm to the artist. What is that big of a difference between hearing the lyrics and seeing the lyrics on a computer screen. Posting lyrics is not the same as illegal downloading songs, if anything it should not be in the same category. Lyrics are not be plagiarized by being posted on a website, it still gives the artist credit for their work. When reading the comments below the article, it even appears that David Lowery “jumped the gun” on some of the companies listed. People should be allowed to post lyrics on their websites, there is no unethical violation, and they are not stealing any work that public can’t memorize on their own just by being in a car for too long.

I believe that the issue behind this is a monetary issue, and not at all for the protection of artist’s work. Companies get greedy, and copyright lawsuits can be lethal. I am hoping that the lawsuits that the National Music Publishers’ Association have started do not turn ugly over this.

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