Brad Greenspan Ordered to Shut Song Lyrics Websites

A federal judge ordered Internet entrepreneur Brad Greenspan to shut Web sites providing song lyrics without the authorization of copyright owners.

U.S. District Judge George Wu in Los Angeles found Greenspan and his company LiveUniverse Inc. in contempt of a preliminary injunction issued in May, according to an Aug. 9 court filing.

Warner Music Group Corp. and other music publishers, including Peermusic, sued Greenspan and his company last August for copyright infringement. Publishers collect royalties for songwriters and composers when their music or lyrics appear on radio, television or the Internet. Greenspan was one of the developers of the MySpace website, now owned by News Corp.

“This is just a small distraction effort by Peermusic and its attorneys Arent Fox LLC to disrupt, halt our business and intimidate small business,” Greenspan said in an e-mail. “As of this moment, the lyrics that plaintiffs wanted removed to the best of our knowledge have been removed.”

The case is Peermusic III Ltd. v. LiveUniverse Inc., 09-06160, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division (Los Angeles).