Six Months In Jail For Preventing People From Singing Incorrect Lyrics?
from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept
For years and years the recording industry has freaked out about sites that post lyrics online, claiming copyright violation. Of course, it's hard to understand why they would feel that way. Lyrics sites are obviously for fans that enjoy the music and want to know more about it. It's hard to see how the recording industry could claim losses from these lyrics sites. However, in the latest such case, a French court has thrown the operator of a lyrics site in jail for six months. Who knew that encouraging music fans to sing the right lyrics deserved jail time? Just imagine what would happen to a site like KissThisGuy.com, which is entirely focused on helping people stop misunderstanding lyrics. Update: Aha. Slight corrections. He got six months imprisonment probation... so he isn't in jail (but could go if he screws up). Also, the suit was filed by sheet music creators, who might have a slightly more reasonable claim -- though, still a fairly weak one.