“This is a sad time for all those of us with a passion for music and song lyrics. As of December 6th, 2005 pearLyrics is no longer available due to a cease and desist letter from Warner/Chappell Music Limited. As a freeware developer I can not afford to risk a law suit against such a big company, although personally I don’t see where pearLyrics should infringe any copyrights handled by them. After all pearLyrics only searches and accesses publicly available websites, displays, and, at the users wish, caches its content. Something that can easily be done with any combination of search engine and webbrowser too. Well, but I’m just a developer and not a lawyer,” Walter Ritter writes for pearworks.
“I feel very sorry for all users of pearLyrics who provided me with such great feedback – I would have loved to provide them with even further enhanced versions… A quick check at Apple’s widget download site also reveals that most of the lyrics widgets are gone now too,” Ritter writes.
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pearLyrics 0.5 freeware released: looks up lyrics for Apple iTunes songs – September 12, 2005