Techdirt is on holiday this Thursday and Friday. We'll be back with our regular posts on the weekend!Hide

The Joy Of Lyrics - The Crackdown Of The Music Industry

from the frubmlub dept

Oh, that music industry. For years they've been upset by anyone who dares post lyrics online. I guess they're afraid of someone (gasp!) singing along correctly without paying them royalties. We posted a story about a site that tried to work with the music industry to post lyrics online almost three years ago. According to this BBC article, that website is still around, but they're finally going to shut down because it's just too much trouble dealing with an angry music industry - with no central way to license lyrics. Of course, as the article points out, many of the lyrics online are written by fans transcribing what they hear, and as such, it often has mistakes in it. So, my question is, if the transcribed lyrics have mistakes, are they still under the copyright control of the music industry? If not, why not set up a site that purposely (and perhaps obviously) has certain mistakes in the lyrics?

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Anonymoose Cow-ard, May 14th, 2003 @ 6:40am

    "Excuse me while I kiss this guy"

    "If not, why not set up a site that purposely (and perhaps obviously) has certain mistakes in the lyrics?"

    There already are many such websites. Use to search for "mondegreen" or "while I kiss this guy" to find them (one such site is

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Simo, May 14th, 2003 @ 8:56am

    Stick it on KazaA

    If you want to really %$&# off the recording industry, then bung all the lyrics on P2P networks along with the ripped-off MP3's!

    The RIAA/MPAA et al are getting far too powerful for commercial organisations, they think they're the government for the world now (kinda like Bush!)

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Lyrics Guy, May 30th, 2007 @ 2:34am


    Misspelled lyrics is good idea! I am gonna use it on

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Hide this ad »
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Chat
Techdirt Reading List
Hide this ad »
Recent Stories
Hide this ad »


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.