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Guitar tablature

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Music publishers have taken up the copyright jihad in a similar manner to their recording industry brethren, threatening lawsuits against websites that host guitar tablature. From the NY Times –

The publishers, who share royalties with composers each time customers buy sheet music or books of guitar tablature, maintain that tablature postings, even inaccurate ones, are protected by copyright laws because the postings represent “derivative works” related to the original compositions, to use the industry jargon.

The publishers told the sites that if they did not remove the tablatures, they could face legal action or their Internet service providers would be pressured to shut down their sites. All of the sites have taken down their tabs voluntarily, but grudgingly.

Now the Music Industry Wants Guitarists to Stop Sharing

Two interesting things about this (1) music publishers you’re just finding out about this now? there’s an industry on the bleeding edge of technology… (2) wow, people really pay for that? Whatever happened to picking it out by ear?

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