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Rap Genius & 50 Lyric Site Being Told Take Down Lyrics Or Else!

Reported By @KlearJ
“We can’t wait to have a conversation with [the National Music Publishers Association] about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project,” said Rap Genius co-founder Ilan Zechory after the association has sent a take down notice informing Rap Genius and at least 50 other sites to obtain proper licenses to publish the lyrics of copyrighted songs or remove the lyrics from their sites on Nov. 11th, 2013.

Chief Executive of the NMPA David Israelite told Billboard that his organization’s objective does not include websites that legally publish lyrics, personal blogs, or fan sites. According to Israelite, the NMPA is “targeting fifty sites that engage in blatant illegal behavior.”

The NMPA recently won a $6.6 million judgement against the unlicensed lyrics site LiveUniverse and another against LyricWiki for an undisclosed amount, so if Rap Genius and the other 50 sites do not adhere to the request of the organization, they could all be hit with a hefty lawsuit for copyright infringement.

The NMPA’s 50's Most Wanted list is based on a study carried out by University of Georgia researcher David Lowery. This research sited Rap Genius as being named the worse offender. The rankings were based on specific methodology created by Lowery.

Check Out The NMPA's Target List Below:

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