Lyrics Sites Illegal? - Long History of Cracking Down
A list of lyrics/tab sites that have been shut down in the past
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Long History of Cracking Down
This isn't the first time the music industry has taken action against web sites. Here are some notable events reaching as far back as 1996.
OLGA shut down
Online Guitar Archive (OLGA), a resource for guitar tablature, was threatened by EMI Publishing (USA), and the OLGA site at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada was shut down.
Vivarian Lyrics Server shut down
In October, 1996, they received a cease-and-desist from the Harry Fox Agency, representing writers for ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.
- OLGA shut down
OLGA shut down - again
The Harry Fox Agency forced the shutdown of OLGA by threatening legal action.
- OLGA shut down - again
ILS shut down
International Lyrics Server (ILS), a nonprofit repository of song lyrics, was sued by the Harry Fox Agency, and as a result the ISP that was hosting the site was raided by Swiss police.
- ILS shut down
LyricFind.com shut down
LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne proactively took down the copyrighted song lyrics, and began negotiations with rights holders.
- LyricFind.com shut down
Radiohead sites receive cease-and-desist
Publishers Warner Chappell reportedly sent cease-and-desist letters to fan sites Green Plastic and At Ease for their lyric and guitar tab content.
- Radiohead sites receive cease-and-desist
pearLyrics widget author receives cease and desist
Walter Ritter wrote a Mac application that searches for lyrics on the internet, received a cease-and-desist letter from Warner Chappell Music, and decided to take down his program.
- pearLyrics widget author receives cease and desist
OLGA shut down (yet again)
The Online Guitar Archive received a cease and desist letter from the MPA and NMPA, and shut down on July 27, 2006.
- OLGA shut down (yet again)
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