Rap Genius, a highly-collaborative, crowd-sourced lyrics destination, has more than $15 million in financing. Unfortunately, a big chunk of that money may now be diverted towards a massive litigation defense. Earlier Monday, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) declared legal warfare against 50 of the most illegal lyrics sites, with Rap Genius singled out as the worst offender. Each of the sites will receive takedown notices and cease-and-desists, the first step towards more serious legal action.
The list was first published by David Lowery, whose cage-rattling is now starting to generate some serious results (so be very afraid of him from now on).
“These lyric sites have ignored the law and profited off the songwriters’ creative works, and NMPA will not allow this to continue,” National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) president David Israelite declared.
“This is not a campaign against personal blogs, fan sites, or the many websites that provide lyrics legally. NMPA is targeting fifty sites that engage in blatant illegal behavior, which significantly impacts songwriters’ ability to make a living.”
Lowery assigned an ‘undesirable’ ranking to each site based on a specific methodology (which is spelled out in this document). And if you’re inspecting Lowery’s formulas, you may also want to check your in-box.