A few days back the US National Music Publishers Association, or NMPA, published a list of lyric websites that it deems "undesirable." They sent takedown notices to 50 of these sites, saying they don't pay songwriters and "they don't have a license to publish song lyrics." Increasingly popular rap lyric site Rap Genius topped this list, and to combat it they've just signed their first licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

For those not familiar with Rap Genius, it's a lyric site where in addition to hosting tons of rap/hip-hop lyrics, users are encouraged to annotate and provide commentary on those lyrics. It was founded in 2009 by Mahbod Moghadam, Ilan Zechory, and Tom Lehman, who believe the site allows users to "connect in a new and exciting way." Rappers themselves have become users of the site, posting video explanations to their work. They're looking to branch out into the worlds of poetry, art, and rock music as well, which will be plenty exciting!