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Yahoo! Music launches legal lyrics site

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Apr 2007 13:59 User comments (5)

Yahoo! Music launches legal lyrics site Yesterday, Yahoo! Music launched the first legal lyrics website, thanks to a licensing deal with Gracenote, the company famous for CDDB. According to the press release, lyrics for over 400,000 songs from the Big Four will be initially available.
Although this is obviously not the first lyrics site available online, this is the first official and legal effort. Current lyric sites are known to have questionable advertising models such as spyware and many of the lyrics are incorrect.

"The highly fragmented music publishing industry (not record companies) owns the right to publish lyrics and has been very slow to pull together and bless a way of legally distributing them on the Internet. As a result, lyrics have been relegated to rogue sites riddled with popup ads, inconsistent formatting, and often incorrect transcriptions,"
remarked Ian Rogers, general manager of Yahoo! Music.

BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal, Warner and tons of independent music publishers have all opened their catalogues to Gracenote which is making its library available for free for the first time since they started building the library in 2005.

"Now lyrics take their rightful place next to artist bios, discographies, videos, and downloads. All free to you, dear music lover. So check out the lyrics to hits like Im The One, Start!, Freewill, or even Michelle (thats right, we have The Beatles),"
added Rogers.

The new site will have a "Lyric Search" which will find songs based on names or matching phrases. The lyrics will also appear on Yahoo! music artist pages and be integrated into their search engine.


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5 user comments

125.4.2007 15:27

and how much will this be?

225.4.2007 15:54


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325.4.2007 21:58

Wow, first official and legal effort huh?

426.4.2007 8:38

i wonder what the catch is? these companies don't work for free you know, i think they just want to make those other sites go down and once they accomplish this, they will start charging for that, copy rights and all of that gooey.

526.4.2007 14:56

In Australia this is getting a lot of publicity from one of the TV Stations. Maybe it has something to do with them running their website through Yahoo. For the most part i have no qualms about lyric sites its great to have a official free one up and about.

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