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“PearLyrics shutown: EFF’s open letter to Warner Music

The Electronic Frontier Foundation today issued an open letter to Warner Music Group arguing that the label’s legal battle against PearLyrics is wrong-headed. Snip from blog post by EFF senior staff attorney Fred von Lohmann:

When I buy a CD, I look forward to having the lyrics printed in the liner notes. That’s part of what I expect in exchange for my money.

If the record label omits the lyrics, I feel I’m entirely within my fair use rights to listen closely to the recording and copy down the lyrics. Similarly, I’m within my fair use rights when I use a search engine to find the lyrics of the music I’ve legitimately purchased.

And thanks to Apple’s iTunes software, I now can add those lyrics to the digital copies of the music I’ve purchased and have them appear when the song plays on my iPod.

Apparently, at least one music publisher thinks that makes me a music pirate. Yes, annotating music I’ve legitimately purchased with lyrics makes me a pirate, according to music publishing giant Warner/Chappell.

Warner/Chappell sent a cease & desist letter last week to the developer of pearLyrics, a piece of software that automates the process of adding lyrics to iTunes tracks. (For more details, see the MacWorld review.) The developer is apparently located in Austria, and I cannot comment on how Austrian law might apply.

But Warner/Chappell doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on here in the U.S., and EFF is sending an open letter to them today to caution them from using their legal threats to chill American software developers and music fans. “

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