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Type of site
|Internet lyrics database|
|Available in||Multilingual (13 active Main Page translations)|
|Created by||Sean Colombo|
|7,919,632 (December 2013[update])|
LyricWiki is an online lyrics database. In March 2013, it was the seventh largest MediaWiki installation with over 1,700,000 content pages. Users on the site can view, edit, and discuss the lyrics of songs, which are also available for purchase from links on the site. The site is searchable by song, artist, album, genre, hometown, label, and language. Users are told to be mindful of copyright while contributing, and copyright violations are removed upon request.
The site was released in April 2006 by Sean Colombo while a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and soon after won the DreamHost Site of the Month award for April 2006 which helped jump-start its growth since winners of the contest are announced in DreamHost's monthly newsletter which claims to have over 50,000 subscribers.
Motive Force LLC, the parent company of LyricWiki, was the target of a lawsuit brought forth against it by the National Music Publishers Association. As a result, the site has migrated to Wikia, which has a blanket licensing arrangement with Gracenote to provide lyrics, and blocked access to full lyrics via API.
Application Programming Interface
The site allows programmatic access to the contents of its database through a web API. Following a 2009 agreement with licensors, queried lyrics may be displayed partially with a link to their respective web page. This API has been leveraged to create plugins for many media players including Winamp, Amarok, Windows Media Player, iTunes, musikCube, foobar2000, ITunes via Mac OS X Dashboard,  and more. LyricWiki has also released a Facebook application called "LyricWiki Challenge" which is a social, competitive game based on identifying lyrics from popular songs in several genres.
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