Music Industry Says Jail Lyric Site Operators

By Jon Newton 12/9/05

The MPA, not to be confused with the MPAA, wants sites carrying song lyrics shut down ------- and it'd also be good if the authorities could, "throw in some jail time," says its president, Lauren Keiser.

Quoted by the BBC, he said the Xerox machine used to be "the big usurper of our potential income," but these days, "the internet is taking more of a bite out of sheet music and printed music sales so we're taking a more proactive stance".

Keiser said the MPA (Music Publishers' Association, not the MPAA's Motion Picture Association) would target "very big sites that people would think are legitimate and very, very popular".

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Guitar licks and song scores are widely available on the internet but are "completely illegal", he told the BBC, which adds: "The campaign comes after lyric-finding software PearLyrics was forced off the internet by a leading music publishing company, Warner Chappell. PearLyrics worked with Apple's iTunes, searching the internet to find lyrics for songs in a user's collection.

"I just don't see why PearLyrics should infringe the copyright of Warner Chappell because all I'm doing is searching publicly-available websites," the story has PearLyrics developer Walter Ritter saying. It would be different if they had an alternative service that also provided lyrics online and also integrated [with iTunes] like PearLyrics did. But they don't offer anything like that at all."

Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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