Number of Online Searches for Music and Song Lyrics

in Business Risk, Counterfeit Goods

Everyday there are five million searches on Google for music  and song lyrics, according to the National Music Publishers’ Association.

Over half of the lyrics that are displayed is shown on websites that do not have a license to show the lyrics. These websites show the lyrics, which are protected by copyright, and earn revenue based on the ads that are displayed next to the lyrics.

Source:  Ben Sisario, “In Music Piracy Battles, Lyrics Demand Respect Too,” New York Times, November 11, 2013.

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