If you’ve ever googled song lyrics, then you know what Doc Searls is talking about:
Click on the top results and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find that every one has a pop-up window, plus lots of other advertising jive. Of course, you can block those in your browser; but still, pop-up windows suck. They break the WebÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s social contract, which says (among other things) that the publisher should not abuse the readerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intentions. Nobody goes to a page saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want a pop-up windowÃ¢â‚¬Â.
These lyrics pages exist for a good (though bad) reason: most artists donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t publish their own lyrics. People want to see lyrics, however, so the advertising baiters publish the lyrics anyway. Copyright be damned.
Indeed, every third-party lyrics site is a nightmare of pop-ups and blaring banner ads. Doc doesn’t mention the other downside of all these lyric sites–incorrect lyrics and misspellings. I see them all the time. It’s conceivable that, because these sites copy each other, an incorrect lyric could eventually become the canonized version.