Musicians POV: Songwriters: How to find yourselves on pirate lyric sites and what to do about it

The Trichordist

We’ve all heard about Bit Torrent sites like the Pirate Bay, Isohunt, Megavideos.  One kind of site we haven’t heard much about is lyric sites.  These are often large websites with heavy traffic that are text based and advertising supported.

How do you find these sites?  One good way is to search for yourself and your song title on Google.  Google will helpfully deliver you the top illegal lyric sites so you can move right along.  Or you could set up a Google alert for your songs and Google will deliver directly to you the information that they know about already.  Nice and neat package.

Let’s take for example.  This is an illegal site that has the lyrics from 1,000s of songs, allows users to create ringtones for “free” (or so they say, we haven’t clicked on those links because who knows what might happen), and is ad…

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