A suit like this could put a lot of websites in jeopardy. We all know that posting copyrighted music to the internet is illegal, but is it illegal to post lyrics too? Well according to a Los Angeles judge, it most certainly is. LiveUniverse.com and it’s owner Brad Greenspan were ordered to pay up an estimated $6.6 million to record labels for not paying the $12,500 fee per song to license a song’s lyrics. $12,500 per song for 528 songs is a huge pay day for music publishers. Just a few of the lyrics included “China Girl” by David Bowie, “Waterfalls” by TLC and “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles. Who knew lyrics sites had to pay licensing?
Source: Ars Technica