The other day I fired off about the moribund music industry shifting its target from downloads to target lyrics websites, in essence offering to litigate them into oblivion. But I was wrong about their attitude.
The music business knows one thing better than anything else on the planet; money. How coincidental that 36 hours after they launch their latest assault on the Internet and its capabilities, comes this little gem from Frank Barnako. Searches Of 2005: Music Lyrics, Paris Hilton
A Web service that returns results from several leading search engines announced the most popular Internet search terms of 2005 included music lyrics, Paris Hilton, poetry, and names and their meanings.
Jon Nolz, director of marketing for InfoSpace Inc.'s (INSP) Dogpile.com said, "Seeing 'lyrics' in the No. 1 position is surprising given the number of huge headline news events over the year, but points to what online search is all about, finding information that does not have a readily known source."
Just as they salivated over getting paid for every "illegal" download, so now they are licking their lips at being paid for every copy of every lyric of every song. First shut down the free sites, then put all the lyrics, even the ones that are out of copyright, behind a paid login and behold, instant profit in the billions. Open champagne, order new Ferrari, dance on table top.
Oh, and don't think you can get round it with technology either.