Artists today face a dilemma that artists in the past didn’t have to deal with. The Internet and the advances fan have made when it comes to being able to get music in your hands before it goes up for sale is a daily fight that talent and labels deal with on a regular basis.

Names like Jay Z and Lady Gaga have tried to be proactive when it comes to dealing with Internet piracy by coming up with unique ways to seek their music. Now that youtube views and music stream services count as album and single sales, the only question left for artist is, who gets paid when lyrics are posted online.

There are roughly 5 million searches for lyrics per day on Google, according to LyricFind. Those searches often lead to websites that post lyrics to lots of songs — and, in many cases, sites that post ads alongside those lyrics.

David Lowery, front man and songwriter for Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, is waging war on the sites he believes make money off song lyrics but don’t pay the songwriter. Once he took a closer look at where his music was making money on the Internet, he realized: more people were searching for the lyrics to his songs than to illegally download mp3s of his music.

The problem was that he nor other artists were making money off those searches. Last November, after months of searching, he released something called The Undesirable Lyric Website List.

The National Music Publishers Association seized upon this list, and announced that they’d be sending take-down notices to every single name. At the top of that list was the very popular Rap Genius.

Read more about artists war on sites like Rap Genius here 

Source: NPR