I didn’t think we’d ever get here – ok, I knew we would, but it took us forever – but we’re now offering a legal and licensed lyric database. This comes after months and months of talking, debating and negotiating. Our goal was to get to this point, but with the both of us having full time jobs outside of SongMeanings, it’s been incredibly hard. I’m sure the group of guys we signed with were ready to throw-down a few times due to how long it took for us to sign.
But, this is all behind us now as we move into a new era of SM.
So some of the details around the licensing? There are three players in the game and we had long discussions time and time again with each. They all offer essentially the same database (though they would all probably argue differently and rightfully so as one of the players was still wrapping up its database). For us, it came down to track-record, durability and confidence. This is why we decided to sign with LyricFind to provide licensed lyrics for the SongMeanings community. LyricFind has shown they’re the market leader and will continue to be such.
We began implementing their services these last few weeks and finally pushed out some new code late last night. This first release is strictly mapping our existing content to their database. In the next few weeks, we’ll be working on expanding our database to include everything LyricFind has to offer – I believe an additional million lyrics or so – which is, well, awesome.
To summarize, SongMeanings is now supporting fully legal and licensed lyrics.