In Music Piracy Battles, Lyrics Demand Respect Too | NYT

David Israelite, the president of the trade group, said that his organization was filing take-down notices against what it called the 50 “worst offenders” based on a web search conducted by David Lowery, a researcher at the University of Georgia. Mr. Lowery, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, has become an outspoken advocate for artists’ rights in the digital age, which has often put him at odds with technology companies large and small.

“These lyric sites have ignored the law and profited off the songwriters’ creative works, and N.M.P.A. will not allow this to continue,” Mr. Israelite said in a statement, referring to his organization. “This is not a campaign against personal blogs, fan sites or the many websites that provide lyrics legally. N.M.P.A. is targeting 50 sites that engage in blatant illegal behavior, which significantly impacts songwriters’ ability to make a living.”


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3 thoughts on “In Music Piracy Battles, Lyrics Demand Respect Too | NYT

  1. Had those lyric-posting guys not put any ads there, we would think it’s just fans sharing some content. However, the obviously take advantage of the artists and their work for their own profits.
    It won’t be a popular measure, but it’s really necesary to put a stop to this.

  2. Musically this is a powerful testament to the laws as affiliated with the copyright acts of recent generations. Most of these 20th century laws were created to leverage the artist for their servitudability. Only when the major conglomerates grossly overstep their power envelope will a course correction result in a rebalance away from the major corporations and back to the artists.

    In the mean time the corporate heads and administrators and lawyers take their cut and the artist is much, much poorer – as several important royalty accounting schemes are based on net, not gross, resulting in even less of an equal playing field as all comers take their cut. In the mean time the vast majority of working musicians are still working far,far under the poverty line despite an often 80 hour+ work week.

    The piracy principles are real, but does it matter very much when it impacts a musician by 50%, from $20 a month to $10 a month? In short, it does not. There are more important principles to address within the law to fairly support musicians, as was the original intent of the copyright acts within the earlier times. Now it is a cash cow for others.

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