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LyricWiki API killed by the music industry

SaZZer (204004) writes | more than 4 years ago

Music 2

Sazzer writes "Just seen on Amarok as lyrics for a song: "Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions from some of the major music publishers we can no longer return lyrics through the LyricWiki API (where this application gets some or all of its lyrics).
(Please note: this is not the fault of the developer who created this application, but is a restriction imposed by the music publishers themselves.)"

And from the LyricWiki page itself: "Unfortunately, licensing agreements with the biggest publishers in the music industry require us to no longer offer the ability for programmatic access to LyricWiki's collection of lyrics.
We tried to arrange some way to let API Developers license through us, but this was not possible.
While this is not something we are happy about, it is a necessity in order to finally secure licensing for LyricWiki from the major publishers which will allow the project to survive indefinitely.
For more info, please see the letter to API Developers""

2 comments

Old news, sad nonetheless. (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 4 years ago | (#29116835)

I saw the message saying that Amarok could no-longer pull though LyricWiki's api a few weeks ago. I was pretty pissed off.

If you own a license to the music aren't you entitled to see the lyrics?

See them? Probably not. (1)

RoverDaddy (869116) | more than 4 years ago | (#29119003)

Copyright is a strange beast. I suspect the situation is as follows: If you purchased/licensed the music, then you certainly have a right to -know- the lyrics: after all, you have the right to listen to your purchase and hear for yourself what the words are. However, nobody (even you) may have been granted the right to -copy- the lyrics by posting them to a website, or even writing them down on a piece of paper for that matter.

Of course, in the near future the patent-pending Lyric-Eraser(tm) will make sure you forget all lyrics immediately after hearing the song, thereby closing the dreaded "Cognitive Hole".
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