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Thread #93588 Message #1803823
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Aug-06 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
Subject: RE: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sit
Being an optimist, I can see good coming out of this. The publishers are right in trying to protect the rights of copyright holders. People who write songs ought to be compensated, but I think the Harry Fox Agency and others who represent publishers, have overreacted by working to close down these sites.
Sooner or later, the publishers will find a way to make money by making lyrics and tab available to the public at a price the public is willing to pay. This will probably involve giving something to the public for free when it's not saleable.
Sooner or later, this will all filter out.
After all, most of these songs became part of our culture without the public having to pay directly to hear them - they were broadcast on commercial radio and television.