Rap Genius And NMPA Agree To Meet After Takedown Threats

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

After allegations of copyright infringement and threats of a potential site take down, Rap Genius is in talks with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to work out something more amicable. In a statement released to MTV News today, the NMPA says it will meet with the lyrics site before proceeding further.

“The NMPA and Rap Genius have agreed to meet in an effort to find an acceptable solution for both songwriters and the website. The parties are hopeful that these talks will be productive and will lead to a resolution that will benefit everyone,” the statement reads. “NMPA has temporarily tolled the time to respond to its takedown notice and to file any copyright claims to allow time for the parties to meet.”

Last week, the NMPA sent takedown notices to Rap Genius and 49 other lyric sites for allegedly engaging in “blatant illegal behavior” by profiting from lyrics written by members of the NMPA.’

Rap Genius co-founder Ilan Zechory told MTV News at the time, “We can’t wait to have a conversation with the NMPA about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project. We don’t believe this ends up in court, because it’s a great website with overwhelming support from artists (look at all the verified artists using the site regularly), writers, and fans. We think sane, sensible people can see that and will look for ways to work together.”

Shortly thereafter, Rap Genius publicly revealed it had a licensing deal with Sony/ATV already in place. According to Billboard, deals with other labels be next.