Rap Genius: Deciphering Lyrics into Words w/Meaning

Source: Business Insider, Oct 2012

Rap Genius is a lyrics site that helps readers figure out what the words behind a song really mean. The community can leave in-line annotations that analyze lyrics, literature, and even presidential speeches.

What about copyright issues? How can you legally post lyrics and book excerpts?

Some books are in the public domain, like Moby Dick. Then there are some books that aren’t in the public domain. And when people start to annotate these things, they create something new so people aren’t just coming for the book anymore. They come for the meaning. But for now, just because people are reading it on the Web, we split up books into excerpts or chapters.

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