Putting Lryics On My Website

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If I wanted to make at least a 1 page mini site centered around the lyrics to a song (song lyrics get a lot of searches), and then place Ads (or some kind of selling point) on the page, would there be any legal problems with this?

What are the general rules to putting lyrics on your site? Do I need some sort of disclaimer?

Can I buy a domain with the name of the song in the domain name?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I run a fan site(sig) and have posted lyrics to her songs all over it.

    Granted, I don't use Adsense of any kind, just Amazon and iTunes there to monetize. I have not run into any problems with this.

    I am in contact with her manager though and both him and her are aware of my site, so that might be a base you want to cover.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Lyrics are protected by copyright, so you cannot use them without permission.
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      • Profile picture of the author friendclk
        I notice there are a lot of sites that have lyrics on them. Some of them really aren't that great of sites. So I'm thinking it might not cost that much to buy song lyrics licenses. Anyone know how these small time sites got permission and where I should go to get permission? my searches are returning nothing.
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by Ephrils View Post

      I run a fan site(sig) and have posted lyrics to her songs all over it.

      Granted, I don't use Adsense of any kind, just Amazon and iTunes there to monetize. I have not run into any problems with this.

      I am in contact with her manager though and both him and her are aware of my site, so that might be a base you want to cover.
      I would be very cautious about this.

      You are basically copying this and you can get into a lot of trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmorris18
    Friendclk , As Dan stated above - it is a copyright violation to use lyrics on your site. You will need to purchase a license from the musician or publisher. Those sites you see that have lyrics posted are more than likely posting without permission or having a license to do so. Once the publisher is aware of this violation , the site owner could face a major fine or possible legal issues. I advise not to just take your chances and hope you never get caught. Also, if your site starts to generate major traffic - you are just opening the door for publishers to notice your illegal activities. I am in no way accusing you of any wrong doing. I am just saying do not take your chances - it is not worth it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Quasha
    This is illegal...lyrics are no different than any other written creative
    work. You cannot legitimately post a copy of a novel on your
    website without the copyright holder's permission. Similarly, you cannot
    legitimately post lyrics to a song without getting proper
    permission.
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  • Profile picture of the author masterjani
    You can add DMCA policy,so that if need arises they will contact you with required documents then you can remove that content.
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  • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
    Originally Posted by friendclk View Post


    Can I buy a domain with the name of the song in the domain name?
    Yes. Song titles are not copyrighted. However, be careful about a song name with a possible trademarked name in it. That might lead to problems.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      You can add DMCA policy,so that if need arises they will contact you with required documents then you can remove that content.
      The DMCA policy statement is used by sites where user generated content may be found in violation of copyright. The policy states the site's intention to remove any violations when pointed out.

      It will not protect you if you are the one posting without permission. That would be saying "I'm abusing your material but I'll stop if you catch me".

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  • Profile picture of the author misharuski
    Lyrics are protected man...
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