Legal Drama, Music Business

Post Take Down Notice, Rap Genius Strikes Publishing Deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing @rapgenius


You gotta love how a site like Rap Genius backed with the full support of entertainment lawyers fix their legal issues. This week, Rap Genius was accused of being one of the sites that was infringing of the copyrights of artists by publishing lyrics without consent/licenses. Rap Genius issued a public statement that essentially said, “we got this. Everyone calm down. It really is going to be okay.” Then they went on the back end and addressed the issue privately i.e. this is about money. How much do you want, how can we structure this deal so all benefits. They did that and now we have a happy marriage.

For the African artists, performance rights organization and music entrepreneurs dealing and trading with the intellectual property of others, it is a page worth emulating.

Actually don’t wait till you are accused of infringement. Get your lawyers involved and begin brokering those licensing deals. In the end, all benefit.

Read the news below.


“(AllHipHop News) News broke earlier this week that lyrics website Rap Genius was one of 50 sites issued a takedown notice by the National Music Publishers Association. The NMPA claimed that RG and others were illegally publishing copyrighted songs. In the wake of that situation, Rap Genius has announced its first licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing according to Billboard.

The deal, which a spokesman claims was finalized earlier this year, provides the legal cover for RG to keep lyrics from Sony/ATV owned music on their website. Even though Sony/ATV is the largest music publisher in the world, that still requires Rap Genius to strike deals with other publishers for the remaining lyrics posted on the site.

“I am hopeful it is a first step toward becoming a fully licensed site,” said NMPA president David Israelite. . .”

All Hip-hop has the full story.

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