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"National Music Publishers Association members have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two businesses exploiting allegedly unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four web sites and as the source of unauthorized content for numerous web applications. Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed an action against LiveUniverse, Inc. and its owner Brad Greenspan in the Federal Court of the Central District of California for willful copyright infringement on a vast scale. (....) “Unlicensed web sites exploiting song lyrics for profit have become a significant problem,” said David Israelite, NMPA President and CEO (...) For the past three years, the NMPA has sent cease and desist notices to hundreds of illegal sites, providing multiple warnings and opportunities for the site operators to license the content and operate legally. These efforts have resulted in a significant reduction of illegal sites, as the majority of those contacted have either ceased operation or taken licenses. (...) Music fans are the biggest losers when licensed businesses, like LyricFind, Gracenote and TuneWiki can’t survive and prosper because unlicensed, illegal businesses are allowed to thumb their noses at the law,” Israelite said. “We are confident the courts will conclude that, like Napster and Grokster before them, these sites are simply freeloading off artists and fans,” Israelite said"

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