Once again Gracenote enforced us to take down the lyrics for some songs, and I can totally understand people are disappointed whenever a song goes down that they worked on. However, I see this whole Gracenote thing in a different light and wanted to share my thoughs.
The thing with Gracenote is: it's a so-called negative statistic (at least I call that phenomenon "negative statistics"). Basically it's always the same situation: you run into negative statistics whenever something annoys you. That can be a person calling you all the time, red lights, etc.
The crux is: you only notice these things when they annoy you, but not when they don't although they could have. Take the phone calls as example: if you feel like that one person is calling you everyday, that might be true, but quite often the frequency of annoying matters is subjective and overrated: You just don't notice if the phone stays quiet, and that's natural. Why would anybody watching TV think "heeey, cool, the phone doesn't ring"? Second example: have you ever though about how many green lights you passed without waiting?
And back to LyricWiki, have you noticed the hundreds of thousands of Gracenote links below the "Song-template sentence", the sentence that shows you "this song is licensed through Gracenote"? Likely not.
Don't get me wrong, I hate it when songs go down, especially if this happens after all those years, that is when the pages are close to perfect; and to be honest, I don't get what in hell makes them take down a successwise mediocre song 5 years after the release? It just does not make any sense – as if anybody could make money by having the lyrics now of all times. On the other hand, all those licensed songs show us: we are going the right way. Our licensing agreement assures us nothing for the single songs, not even that the songs stay. I've seen too many formerly licensed songs that were taken down to believe that the current licensing status has any influence on the likelyness of becoming a takedown; obviously even the release year does not. BUT it assures LyricWiki as a whole to live on, and thank god there are enough artists to be sane enough to see that hosting nothing else but lyrics stuffed with commercial links from iTunes and Amazon is a chance. The Internet is popular like never before, and they should feel that supporting us makes them a winner and blocking us makes them losers, but well...
I still hope that licensing pays off, at least when they decide to sue all lyrics pages again to raise their funds. Well .