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Thread #93588   Message #1804190
Posted By: Richard Bridge
08-Aug-06 - 04:44 AM
Thread Name: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
Subject: RE: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
It wouldn't matter so much if the dots you can get from the official music publishers gave the right chords, but they often don't. However, there is really no way round the fact that publishing the dots (or tab, or lyrics) is the core of the music publishers' business (and therefore what copyright is about) and without the sites we'd have to buy the dots or the tab from them.

What there ought to be however (and isn't) in copyright law is a provision to the broad effect that unless a work is available to the public (preferably at a reasonable price but I can see that being contentious) copyright ought not to give rise to a right to injunctive relief. If that were the case then the tab sites and users would be entitled to do what they do - on paying a reasonable royalty.