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Gracenote To Publish Lyrics Through Music Services; Deal With Publishers

Digital media metadata firm Gracenote has obtained licenses to distribute lyrics as music publishers mulled legal action against sites that provide them without authorization. The service, to be initially available in North America, would be the first industry-backed move to providing lyrics legally.
It has obtained the rights to the lyrics of more than 1 million songs from the North American catalogs of BMG Music Publishing, Vivendi’s Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peermusic and other publishers. The company is now talking with all of its partners, including Yahoo and Apple’s iTunes, on its plans to launch a service to offer legal and accurate lyrics for all digital media.
WSJ: Gracenote Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Jim Hollingsworth said it will be up to Gracenote’s partners whether to charge consumers extra for song lyrics or to offer them for free as part of song and album sales.