This guy wasn’t even hosting the lyrics. He just wrote a freeware tool to find and display lyrics that are already on display on the web.
I understand that all of the sites that post song lyrics are violating copyrights, but this guy is violating copyrights no more than the makers of Internet Explorer, which can do pretty much what this guy’s app does.
I understand the need to protect one’s copyrights, but many of these music labels and publishers seem like they don’t get it, on a very basic level.
UPDATE 12/16/05: According to this CNET article Warner/Chappell has issued an apology.