Feeds

Warner Chappell backtracks over PearLyrics legal threat

Waxes lyrical

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Music publisher Warner Chappell has let song lyric search tool PearLyrics off the hook.

The company has apologised to the application's author, Walter Ritter, for sending him an "inappropriate" cease-and-desist letter two weeks ago. In response, Ritter stopped making PearLyrics available for download.

Warner Chappell said it had merely wanted "to provide consumers a convenient, legal way to find accurate song lyrics", in a statement issued on Friday by the company's chairman and CEO, Richard Blackstone.

It's a smart move. Warner Chappell may lose a little face.

PearLyrics remains unavailable. But Ritter says "stay tuned for more info", and it's likely that when the application returns, it will do so with officially sanctioned Warner Chappell content.

As Ritter notes, that's good for users, because it means they're guaranteed accurate lyrics rather than the often incorrect and frequently poorly typed words submitted to unofficial lyrics sites. But it also provides Warner Chappell and other music publishers with hooks into the system.

Warner Chappell is to be commended for not only coughing to an overly harsh RIAA-style approach, but for apparently realising that most users are not inherently criminals out to defraud the artists whose material it publishes. By reaching out to folk like Ritter, its efforts to ensure that consumers get the lyrics they want - which, as Ritter has pointed out in the past, are readily available without the intervention of PearLyrics - but through channels managed by the rights holders. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.