In a totally unsurprising move, Rap Genius have announced a partnership with The National Music Publishers Association, which will allow the NMPA's publisher members "the opportunity to enter into a settlement and license with Rap Genius."

According to an NMPA spokesperson (via Hypebot), "the agreement allows NMPA members to receive compensation for past use of lyrics and license for use moving forward."

"The NMPA's members represent some of the best songwriters in the world," says Rap Genius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory. "Rap Genius allows these songwriters to showcase their work and interact with their biggest fans in unprecedented ways – we couldn't be more excited about this partnership." David Israelite, NMPA president and CEO, also had some nice words about the partnership: "Rap Genius is a unique site that allows music fans to connect with songwriters and the emotions they express through their lyrics. That’s why today's announcement is a welcome one, and I applaud Rap Genius for respecting the rights of songwriters and compensating them fairly for their work."

As you'll probably remember, the NMPA submitted takedown notices against 50 lyrics websites back in November of 2013, including Rap Genius.

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