At present, there are many websites that present the lyrics. This offer, however, is controversial because some sites include copyrighted texts offered without the permission of the owner. US Association of Music Publishers’ (MPA), which represents music companies, launched a legal campaign against these sites in December 2005. MPA President Lauren Keizer said free text websites are “completely illegal” and Wanted some site operators imprisoned.
The texts of the licenses could be obtained worldwide by one of the two aggregators: LyricFind and musiXmatch. The first company to provide licensed lyrics was Yahoo !, followed quickly by MetroLyrics and Lyrics.com. More and more lyric websites are beginning to provide authoritative texts, such as SongMeanings and LyricWiki.
The competing texts of many websites still offer unlicensed content, which causes problems throughout the legality and accuracy of the texts. In the latest attempt to crack down on unauthorized websites you text a federal court ordered LiveUniverse, a network of websites operated by MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan, to stop operating four lyrics songs sites that offer free Licence.
The texts can be studied from the academic point of view. For example, some texts may be considered a form of social criticism. The texts often contain themes such as political, social and economic as well as aesthetic elements and can thus communicate culturally meaningful messages. These messages can be explicit or implicit through metaphor and symbolism. The text can also be analyzed in relation to the sense of unity (or lack of unity) that has with its supporting music. Analysis based on hue and contrast are particular examples. Former Oxford professor of poetry Christopher Ricks notoriously Visions of Sin Dylan, an in-depth and typically Ricksian analysis of Bob Dylan’s published text; Ricks gives the warning that studied poetry of texts in tandem with music would make for a much more complicated critical business.