In 2013 David Lowery said Rap Genius was the most “blatantly illegal” lyrics website. The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) president David Israelite also chimed in, saying: “These lyric sites have ignored the law and profited off the songwriters’ creative works, and NMPA will not allow this to continue…”.
Shortly after this, Rap Genius signed an agreement with Universal Music Publishing.
Now, Rap Genius has made up with David Israelite and the NMPA. Israelite even took a photo of his daughter wearing a Rap Genius onesie.
The two parties have entered into a partnership that allows NMPA’s members to enter a settlement and license their music to Rap Genius. Now, Israelite says:
“Rap Genius is a unique site that allows music fans to connect with songwriters and the emotions they express through their lyrics. …I applaud Rap Genius for respecting the rights of songwriters and compensating them fairly for their work”