NMPA Slaps Lyrics Sites With Copyright Suits

Law360, New York (August 25, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT) -- The National Music Publishers Association has stepped up its long-running fight to protect music copyright, bringing infringement suits against two businesses it says published song lyrics online without licenses.

The NMPA alleges in separate complaints filed Monday that LiveUniverse Inc., owned by MySpace.com co-founder Brad Greenspan, and Motive Force LLC knowingly published lyrics from musical compositions “on their respective Web sites and in conjunction with certain Web applications.”

Plaintiffs filed the Motive Force LLC suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania,...
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