Motive Force LLC and its owner Sean Colombo are permanently enjoined by a Federal Court order from using unlicensed song lyrics in connection with their own Web sites, like LyricWiki.org, or supplying them to other Web sites or software applications.

That's according to the National Music Publishers Assn., which issued a press release today on behalf of member companies peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music, which sued Motive Force for exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit in Federal Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The ruling came in the form of a consent judgment, in which a judge approves a written agreement between the lawsuit parties. As part of the ruling, the defendants will also turn over funds associated with the exploitation of the unauthorized content. Motive Force did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.

The previously unlicensed music content on the Motive Force website is now in the possession of a licensed lyric website provider, which sources say is Wikia, a company licensed by Gracenote.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2009 as was another one against LiveUniverse, Inc. and its owner Brad Greenspan in the Federal Court of the Central District of California in which the same plaintiffs claimed that the defendants are engaged in "willful copyright infringement on a vast scale."

"The NMPA is pleased that another unlicensed website and its owner have been brought to justice," said NMPA president and CEO David Israelite in a statement. "Unauthorized sites that profit on the backs of songwriters will not be tolerated. The successful resolution of this matter should serve as an example to the owners of all unauthorized music websites and web applications. Web operators can easily obtain licenses through numerous authorized sources, including LyricFind, Gracenote and The Harry Fox Agency. There is simply no excuse to fail to license music content and become a legitimate Internet business."

For the past three years, the NMPA has sent cease and desist notices to hundreds of illegal sites, providing multiple warnings and opportunities for the site operators to license the content and operate legally.

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