Website ordered to pay $6.6 million for posting song lyrics

, The National Law Journal


A group of music publishers has won $6.6 million in a copyright infringement case over song lyrics posted on websites owned by a co-founder of MySpace. Although a default judgment, it was the first of its kind involving lyrics on the Internet, according to plaintiffs attorneys.

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What's being said

  • Peon

    So how is it possible that YouTube displays lyrics on their website without any consequences???

  • Dissident

    This story is a joke, right?

    If I listen to the song to "Moon----e" and write down the lyrics and include them in this comment, I can be sued? (I don't want to chance being sued for even mentioning the title.)

  • David D. Murray, Esq.

    How can it be a "default judgment" if Greenspan had fired two previous attorneys in the and then represented himself? Obviously they filed an answer in this 2009 case. So how did it go by "default".

  • Fred Furrer

    This reminds me of the time when I asked one of the founders of Pandora why they don't show the lyrics of songs in their discussions of the artists and the history of the recording companies. He told me that is was a matter of law, and that they were not permitted to show lyrics. He said that Pandora was looking into finding a way to negotiate the rights to show lyrics, but that it was a different matter from the core business of Pandora. Now I understand what he was talking about.

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