Under Heavy Legal Pressure, Rap Genius Agrees to Meet With Publishers…

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Funny how things change when a bunch of lawyers start filing stuff.  After initially poking fun and posting parodies last week, the founders of Rap Genius are now agreeing to meet with major (*and indie) publishers.  The topic of these meetings will be licensing the intellectual property behind lyrics.

David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), told Digital Music News this morning that legal action has been temporarily suspended against Rap Genius while good faith discussions commence.  Earlier, Rap Genius pointed to a deal with Sony/ATV after being labeled the ‘most blatantly illegal‘ lyric sites by the NMPA.

“NMPA and Rap Genius have agreed to meet in an effort to find an acceptable solution for both songwriters and the website.  The parties are hopeful that these talks will be productive and will lead to a resolution that will benefit everyone.

“NMPA has temporarily tolled the time to respond to its takedown notice and to file any copyright claims to allow time for the parties to meet.”

More as it develops.

Image by PSP Photos, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

*the NMPA called to relay that this action involves both major and indie publishers.

7 Responses

      • Anon

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    • Paul Resnikoff

      Right, of course! Rap Genius was planning to make the rounds all along. And that pesky, high-profile legal threatening by the NMPA… how could they be so foolish.

    • Monica Corton

      They are meeting with the NMPA on behalf of a large group of independent publishers who RapGenius has neglected to work with in regard to licensing. They “agreed to meet” only after being threatened because they weren’t responding to a repeated requests.

      That picture is highly charged and not appropriate.