RapGenius is a popular site that deciphers some lyrics that are tough to understand and is one of the 50 sites that may be facing some legal trouble for using unlicensed lyrics. A Take-Down notice is usually the preliminary step before a copyright infringement lawsuit so things could get crazy.
Rap Genius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory said his New York company had not heard from the NMPA, “but we can’t wait to have a conversation with them about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project.” Zechory added, “Rap Genius is so much more than a lyrics site! The lyrics sites the NMPA refers to simply display song lyrics, while Rap Genius has crowdsourced annotations that give context to all the lyrics line by line, and tens of thousands of verified annotations directly from writers and performers. These layers of context and meaning transform a static, flat lyric page into an interactive, vibrant art experience created by a community of volunteer scholars. Furthermore, music is only a small part of what we do. Rap Genius is an interactive encyclopedia for annotation of all texts – anyone can upload and annotate texts relating to music, news, literature, religion, science, their personal lives, or anything else they want.”
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