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Thread #93588   Message #1807128
Posted By: Ernest
11-Aug-06 - 08:38 AM
Thread Name: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
Subject: RE: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
you certainly have a point there. Artists should have their rights protected.

Still I think too many restrictions aren`t doing them any good. As far as I know composers get money when their works are publically reproduced by others as well and there are organisations ensuring that these fees are collected from pubs, bars, etc.
This won`t work as easily when you are prohibiting people from learning songs. Every "cover" of a song is advertisement for the original IMHO.

Also it won`t help selling books. Since most of the tabs on the net aren`t very accurate somebody who is interested in the real thing will still have to get the book. Those who are content with chords won`t buy it because they don?t need it.
And many people won`t spend too much money on them because they have other expenses as well. When I was a kid I had a limited budget for records - if there wouldn`t have been tapes I wouldn`t have bought more records - I would have heard the same records more often.

And what about those of us who don`t perform: if we play it at home or among friends it won`t hurt the artist (at sessions it would be the publicians duty as i understand).