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CmdrTaco posted more than 15 years ago | from the maybe-now-I'll-get-the-words-right dept.

Music 15

slambo writes "Today's New York Times is reporting that everyone's favorite lyrics site, the International Lyrics Server and the NMPA have reached an agreement that would put the site back online more or less intact. " How about OLGA? Please?

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Competition (2)

steveh (10334) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012046)

So what it comes down to is that was in competition with the new online service that the NMPA are launching. And in return for not being sued, get to hand over all their content for use free on the NMPA service.

Well then.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012047)

Just junkbust the ads...


cypherpunk/cypherpunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012048)

I first learned about cypherpunk/cypherpunk from a /. link to a nytimes article- Now you too have that knowledge, my child... use it wisely (and often.)

I think it depends. (1)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012049)

If uses banner ads, like they used to, I will have no problem with it. If, however, they start charging users a per-song fee just to look at lyrics (which is stupid, and which is *exactly* what the music industry would do), I will never, ever use it. Even Microsoft found out that charging people for online content just doesn't work (c.f.: Slate is once again free.)

- A.P.

"One World, One Web, One Program" - Microsoft Promotional Ad

Damm I hate the NY Times (1)

Dilbert_ (17488) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012050)

That's the second time I can't read an article today ! I think it would make sense to give a little more info on the content of articles which are on password protected sites... Not all of us have the time to register, ya know ;-)

Damn them sellouts! (1)

WH (10882) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012051)

I can't believe they'd sell out and make a commercial venture! Damn them for selling out! It should be enough that the NMPA sales for people being able to find the titles and albums of the music they want to hear..

Count me as one of the people that will not use the lyrics server if it is commercial in nature.

NYT, OLGA... (1)

shadowdark (107742) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012052)

I had no problems reading the article, mind you I am in the lab so somebody else may have signed up and I am lucky enough to still have a cookie..
OLGA is still out there, check Harmony Central []
but reading through the article it sounded like the biggest argument against OLGA was that they had lyrics on the site, so once they have all the lyrics on or where ever OLGA should be able to put up the tabs and link to the lyrics..

OLGA Please! (2)

cyberassasin (4943) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012053)

I loved the of the best things about the internet.

Please someone work out an agreement for getting it back, or let's get a class action lawsuit going to sue HFA for not publishing all of the sheet music to every record for everysong. Seems like if they are going to prohibit the distrubution by others b/c they want money, then they ought to do it i can finally figure out some of those new songs from artist that don't have a sheet book published, and believe me, I looked....

"more or less" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012054)

you say it will go up "more or less" intact..
what, exactly, does that mean? as upposed to "fully" intact?

if NYT would let us into the article, and i wasnt too lazy to sign up for NYT, maybe that would explain it.. some kind person wanna post the article text here in the /. forum?

Oh well, either way, the imperialist dogs of capitalism have lost. Stick it to the Man!

cypherpunks/cypherpunks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012055)

i read it using cypherpunks/cypherpunks
note the "s"

OLGA. (1)

Erik Hollensbe (808) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012056)

This is the australian OLGA, good site. Not very large, but it has a tab request forum. I've been playing bass a lot lately and found this to be an invaluable resource for many of those more complex bass tunes out there.


OLGA. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012057)

Should have mirrored it when you had the chance.

OLGA will never be Commercial (1)

gwachob (17615) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012058)

Its hard to tell from this article, but it appears that has "gone commercial" and is probably going to pay NMPA (the parent org. of Harry Fox Agency) a percentage of advertising or some other revenue stream.

OLGA, from the words of the guy who started it, will never be commercial. My understanding is that he'd rather it shut down than "go commercial".

The bigger issue here is commercial v. community-based. Its very similar to the "open source" v. proprietary debates people have with the exception that there are more pernicious IP issues involved in the OLGA/ issues.

OLGA. (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#2012059)

Posted by gig!:

I have a pack-rat copy of the web site, but it is not on-line. I've found a couple sites still hosting, but grossly out of date. If you know of any alternatives that are on the web, pass the URL.


"more or less" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2012060)

Yes that was a violation of copyright ;o)

"More or less" would, I expect, mean that the lyrics pages would have to be updated with proper credit given to the songwriters. Most of the songs seemed to be cross-referenced by performer/album, with no mention whatsoever of the person who actually wrote the song. Which in my opinion (as an occasional songwriter) is a greater moral breach than the copyright issue.
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