Rap Genius announced today that they have entered a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. This is another play in the lyrics site's move toward legitimacy. Back in November, they signed a similar publishing deal with Sony/ATV. This came shortly after the National Music Publishers Association sent a take-down notice to the site due to their use of copyrighted lyrics without a license.

Says founder Ilan Zechory on the partnership:

We love UMPG! They have a truly incredible stable of writers – we will lend them a wheelbarrow for the Grammys they are about to win! Rap Genius lets UMPG's writers connect with their most obsessed fans, and we couldn't be more excited about solidifying this partnership.

[via Rap Genius]

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