Oct 15 - Website Sued for $6.6 Million for Posting Lyrics to 528 Songs

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Oct 15 - Website Sued for $6.6 Million for Posting Lyrics to 528 Songs
 

 

Man, this is horrible. This website, LiveUniverse, is currently in the midst of a legal battle that may wind up costing them over $6 million dollars. Why? Because they posted lyrics to over 500 different songs.

What it comes down to is that a judge is saying that this site posted lyrics without the permission of the labels, publishers or songwriters Ė and at a fine of $12,500 per song X 528 songs, you now have a major issue. A 6.6 million dollar issue.

From what I can gather, the gist of it is that Itís not the act of posting the lyrics, but the money that the site was making off of the content. When youíre making money, that becomes a legal issue of copyright infringement.


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 6 years ago '10        #2
kiddrocay 30 heat pts30
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wait this is some bull ish
 6 years ago '10        #3
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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Wow. RIP to OHHLA.
 6 years ago '04        #4
justinjones 310 heat pts310
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you get sued for posting lyrics now?

the fuk?

one day interscope is going to sue some headphones company saying "you don't have the right to have our music listen to by these headphones. only beats by dre"


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 6 years ago '04        #5
gimmethat 1 heat pts
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$12,500 per song
wtf ?


i remember reading that alot of sites received threats from labels a few years ago...this is crazy
 6 years ago '11        #6
NewEra21 14 heat pts14
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thats why i dont mind downloading albums for free, fu*k the labels.
 6 years ago '09        #7
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 justinjones said:
you get sued for posting lyrics now?

the fuk?

one day interscope is going to sue some headphones company saying "you don't have the right to have our music listen to by these headphones. only beats by dre"

Word.

They trying to have a monopoly on LIFE out here.
 6 years ago '10        #8
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 6 years ago '06        #9
datnolaboy 8 heat pts
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Think about it, it's like posting the an entire book w/o the author's permission and making money off it. That's illegal. This lawsuit is going down that same path. People forget songs have writers. You can't take a writer's work from ANY artform (poetry, books, scripts, lyrics) and post it and make money off it. If it was just lyrics with no money involved this would be a stupid lawsuit.
 6 years ago '11        #10
Kid Cunner 401 heat pts401
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So why would they go after this site and not a huge one like RG?
 6 years ago '07        #11
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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Some of yall didnt read, its not cus they posted lyrics but because they profited off posting lyrics

Still tho, fu*k the music industry and its greedy ways
 6 years ago '11        #12
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 6 years ago '10        #13
kiddrocay 30 heat pts30
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 ttime236 said:
Some of yall didnt read, its not cus they posted lyrics but because they profited off posting lyrics

Still tho, fu*k the music industry and its greedy ways
if they are profiting off web traffic then how could u blame them?

this a bunch of bull ish and bullying
 6 years ago '11        #14
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 datnolaboy said:
Think about it, it's like posting the an entire book w/o the author's permission and making money off it. That's illegal. This lawsuit is going down that same path. People forget songs have writers. You can't take a writer's work from ANY artform (poetry, books, scripts, lyrics) and post it and make money off it. If it was just lyrics with no money involved this would be a stupid lawsuit.
They aren't selling you the lyrics tho, it's not like you're buying a lyric book. It's the same concept of, buying the artwork but getting a free CD when DJ's sell mixtapes in stores. The site provides a service, they post lyrics for you to read. Sites make money from traffic, and ads, they're not making it from selling you lyrics.
 6 years ago '11        #15
Kid Cunner 401 heat pts401
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This is the same sh*t as people suing for samples on mixtape songs, claiming you make money off the snog cause you perform it live which is ridiculous. The industry will do anything for a lawsuit these days.
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 Kid Cunner said:
They aren't selling you the lyrics tho, it's not like you're buying a lyric book. It's the same concept of, buying the artwork but getting a free CD when DJ's sell mixtapes in stores. The site provides a service, they post lyrics for you to read. Sites make money from traffic, and ads, they're not making it from selling you lyrics.
My n*gga tell that to the prosecutors I was just explaining for the non reading muhfuccas talking bout 'how they get sued for posting lyrics?'. I don't think it's right but I see where they're (the music companies) coming from.
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 datnolaboy said:
My n*gga tell that to the prosecutors I was just explaining for the non reading muhfuccas talking bout 'how they get sued for posting lyrics?'. I don't think it's right but I see where they're (the music companies) coming from.
I mean of course I know prosecutors are gonna spin it any way they can to make it look the opposite way, that sh*t is just insane though. If I had a blog where I just posted pics of random sh*t, I could sued cause I have an album cover posted somewhere on there, and they could claim all the money my site made was due to this one picture. Like at what point does it become ridiculous you know?
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kiddrocay 30 heat pts30
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 datnolaboy said:
My n*gga tell that to the prosecutors I was just explaining for the non reading muhfuccas talking bout 'how they get sued for posting lyrics?'. I don't think it's right but I see where they're (the music companies) coming from.
so you are suggesting that they give the music companies some of the profits although they are not making any money off the lyrics themselves??

I could understand if they were charging people to view the lyrics but this is some bull ish

America is the only place some ish like this will take place

they post full live episodes, books, etc. from other countries and you wont hear of one damn lawsuit brewing about
 10-15-2012, 01:10 PM         #19
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this been around since like 2000, publishers have always tried to sue lyric websites.
 6 years ago '06        #20
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half the lyrics on thise lyrics websites be wrong as hell anyway guess they gonna sue youtube next for lettin folks post videos with lyrics in em
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