The publishing business is in the midst of rolling out official online-lyric offerings after years of only being available through unauthorized sites. Publishers license lyrics for online reproduction in exchange for a portion of ad revenues from the sites.
With the arrival of legal alternatives, music publishers are also stepping up their efforts to shut down popular Web sites like AZ Lyrics Universe and Lyrics.com that publish lyrics to songs without their permission.
AOL Music will debut its service in the coming weeks. On top of a searchable database, AOL will offer lyrics as a complement to other editorial features. Meanwhile, MTV Networks yesterday announced that it plans to introduce a number of music lyric features across MTV, VH1 and country music channel, CMT starting in November. 59ce067264