Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 257 – Valuable Lyrics

Microphone ImageIt is Friday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show.

This week, we ask the simple question: What is the value of a song’s lyrics? Previously, the answer would be “not much” as you might get them free in the liner notes of a CD or have to write them down yourself. However, with the Internet, lyrics have become much more important, giving way to an entire cottage industry and, with this new industry, comes a new set of legal challenges, one of which concluded this week to the tune of $6.6 million.

However, there is a lot more copyright news this week. We also have the latest on the Hathitrust lawsuit, DC Comics’ case involving Superman and a hosting change for The Pirate Bay. All this and much more on the Copyright 2.0 Show!

This week’s stories include:

  • Music Publishers Score Major Win Against Illegal Lyrics Sites
  • Judge Rules Fair Use Protects HathiTrust’s Digital Library
  • DC Comics Gets to Keep Superman
  • The Pirate Bay Ditches Physical Servers, Heads to the Cloud
  • Photographer Sues Apple Over Advertisements
  • Apple Agrees to License Iconic Swiss Clock
  • One Single DMCA Notice Shuttered All of Edublogs’ Sites

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Show Notes

About the Hosts

Jonathan Bailey


Jonathan Bailey (@plagiarismtoday) is the Webmaster and author of Plagiarism Today (Hint: You’re there now) and works as a copyright and plagiarism consultant. Though not an attorney, he has resolved over 700 cases of plagiarism involving his own work and has helped countless others protect their work and develop strategies for making their content work as hard as possible toward their goals.

Patrick O’Keefe


Patrick O’Keefe (@iFroggy) is the owner of the iFroggy Network, a network of websites covering various interests. He’s the author of the book “Managing Online Forums,” a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces. He maintains a blog about online community management at and a personal blog at