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A new development is that Gracenote (the creators of CDDB) have started paying to license lyrics. Although licensing lyrics makes very little sense and will only contribute pennies to the artists who wrote them, by dropping a large sum of money on the music publishers for the entire library means that they've basically tried to hire the publishers to become their enforcers to start lobbying to make lyrics distribution cemented as illegal and to start a crackdown on any potential competitors they come across (like us) in the future. Not a bad business move, just ethically sketchy.

This was mentioned here on slashdot:

Referring to this article:

Granted you can't just start paying for something to make it become legally protected, so this hasn't actually changed the legality of anything. It does indicate that the legality might change in the future. If it becomes necessary to license lyrics content, we may be able to pay for licenses, I just have no idea how to go about finding pricing for that (anyone know?). — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sean Colombo (talkcontribs), 17:32, July 18, 2006 (UTC).


Just what is the copyright status of all this, anyway? —Ashley Y 22:31, 22 September 2006 (PDT)

We work with publishers to pay royalties. The legal necessity of this is unclear, but it makes it easier for us not to have to worry. Please refer to LyricWiki:Announcements. As more publishers come on board, we will probably announce them there.
-Sean Colombo 23:21, 22 September 2006 (PDT)
OK I did just refer to LyricWiki:Announcements. Redlink Template:Blog four times. I have often wondered about Ashley Y's question. What do I do to put up the lyrics of a song that is not here, so as not to get anyone into copyright trouble? -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 02:51, January 23, 2013 (UTC)

typo Edit

you misspelled "mutually" and "agreement" =) — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Soap (talkcontribs).

Note about album art and possibly inclusion of videos Edit

Please amend Although this page discusses "non-lyric content", it says that this is all CC-BY. This is true for the original text here but not the use of other media like album art (almost none of which is CC-BY) and embedding of videos. -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 07:27, June 7, 2015 (UTC)

done Added a note regarding images. A note regarding video embeds seems unnecessary as the video content doesn't reside on Wikia servers (it's only a link to content hosted at YouTube). - OneTwoThreeFall talk 20:19, July 11, 2017 (UTC)