Last week, the US National Music Publishers Association announced a hitlist of unlicensed lyrics sites, with buzzy startup Rap Genius at the top (Bulletin, 12-Nov-13). Just a few days later, Rap Genius announced its first licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music, and now it’s going to be sitting down with the NMPA too. “NMPA and Rap Genius have agreed to meet in an effort to find an acceptable solution for both songwriters and the website,” said NMPA boss David Israelite in a statement yesterday. “The parties are hopeful that these talks will be productive and will lead to a resolution that will benefit everyone. NMPA has temporarily tolled the time to respond to its takedown notice and to file any copyright claims to allow time for the parties to meet.” Talks with a threatened lawsuit hanging over them should be bracing for the startup, which raised $15m of funding last year (Bulletin, 4-Oct-12).

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