Times Staff and Wire Reports

Warner Music Group Corp. and independent song publishers sued two companies operating websites that they said provided lyrics without compensating the artists who created them.

Warner Music's Warner/Chappell unit, along with Peermusic, a family-owned music publisher, and closely held Bug Music Inc. filed lawsuits against LiveUniverse Inc. in a federal court in Los Angeles and Motive Force in a federal court in Pittsburgh, according to the National Music Publishers Assn., a trade group.

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