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Music Publishers Settle Suit Against Unlicensed Lyrics Site
/ January 5, 2010 1:41 pm

Washington – The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) announced on Tuesday that it has successfully settled its copyright infringement suit against Motive Force and Sean Colombo, operators of the unlicensed LyricWiki database of song lyrics.

Under the terms, Motive Force and Mr. Colombo are 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."

NMPA member companies Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music sued Motive Force and Mr. Colombo in August 2009.

They note that "the previously unlicensed music content on the Motive Force website is now in the possession of a licensed lyric website provider."

At the same time it sued Motive Force, the NMPA also filed an unlicensed lyrics copyright suit against LiveUniverse and owner Brad Greenspan, the co-founder of MySpace.

The NMPA said that it continues to seek equitable relief and damages in those cases.


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  • Sean Colombo has done a job that the music publishers didn’t: generating funky apps around lyrics. As a lyricist, I am also concerned about the exploitation of lyrics by third parties (practically none credit the lyricists but pick up ad revenue on their backs), but we should embrace people like Colombo into the IP industries and find ways to work together.

  • The unlicensed lyrics are found everywhere , there is no doubt

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