Well, now I've seen everything. Music executives were sitting around wondering how they could get even more money from us ... and they've come up with an answer.
That's right, folks. They're going to start CHARGING for lyrics. Don't believe me? Here's your cite.
"When we first approached the publishers with this, they were excited. They thought lyrics had been an untapped resource for them and there's quite a bit of lyrics being taken for free on the Web," Ross Blanchard, Gracenote's vice president of business development, told Reuters in an interview.
So, there's a good chance that in the near future, I won't be posting lyrics to songs anymore because a) I'm a cheap bastard and b) I refuse to support this kind of greed.
I understand the music industry's issues with Napster et al ... because if I'm downloading a song, I'm not paying the artist for their product. But how can they justify this steaming pile of horse manure? Finish this sentence for me ... "If I'm copying lyrics off a website, I'm not buying them from ... ... ..."
Who? Who am I cheating? Is there a "Big Book of Lyrics" somewhere that I should have bought? Is there a database on CD I should've ordered? Are pop artists all over the world starving because I quote songs at the end of my posts?
I'm just wondering ... if I grab a pen and paper right now ... and write down the lyrics to a song, is that copyright infringement? The water's getting pretty murky around here ...
Stealing wheat and barley and all the other grains
And it's a ho (hey!) hi (hey!) farmers bar yer doors
When you see the Jolly Roger on Regina's mighty shores
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