by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 10th 2010 3:13pm
We've covered this silly move in the past by music publishers and songwriters, but they're apparently still at it, and the NY Times is giving them publicity for trying to shut down lyrics sites online. This is ridiculous for any number of reasons, but shows you the state of some parts of the music industry these days. Basically, lyrics -- which, by themselves, generated absolutely no money for songwriters/publishers for pretty much the entire history of the business -- are suddenly seen by publishers as gold, because some people started putting them online. And rather than realize that this is a way to get more attention to songs, more attention to songwriters and more attention to lyrics -- all the publishers and songwriters saw was "hey, people should give us money for repeating the lyrics we wrote!" And since then it's been a constant battle. Oddly, the NY Times article never seems to even present the other side of the argument -- that perhaps it's ridiculous to try to charge people for putting lyrics online. Instead, it seems to think that the idea makes perfect sense. But, then again, this is the newspaper that thinks putting up a big paywall makes perfect sense too...
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