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Music Industry Targets Guitar Tab Sites

Categories: Big Media v InternetDMCA-like Laws

  • Kevin

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life….ever.rnSo i kinda get the tabs things, trying to reproduce the artists sound maybe playing a cover gig getting money for material that’s not yours. But they shut down a lyrics site??!! What the hell man The sings/ song writers who wrote these songs, wrote them because they have something to say. So what if you miss a line you’re not aloud to look it up on the internet??? give me a break please.

  • Kevin

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life….ever.
    So i kinda get the tabs things, trying to reproduce the artists sound maybe playing a cover gig getting money for material that’s not yours. But they shut down a lyrics site??!! What the hell man The sings/ song writers who wrote these songs, wrote them because they have something to say. So what if you miss a line you’re not aloud to look it up on the internet??? give me a break please.

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    This is very unpleasant, I was getting ready to start such a website, now I have to think twice.

  • http://www.layoutgarden.com Smart websites make money

    This is very unpleasant, I was getting ready to start such a website, now I have to think twice.

  • Songwriter

    I am so happy someone is fighting for the rights of songwriters!rnI teach piano to many who wants to play for church, but they will not purchasernguitar tablature or regular music notation songbooks and sheet music!rnrnGod’s People? How can you play for God and steal songwriters songs?rnrnI was guilty of this too. I can write the chords of any song I hear. But the thing that bothers me is, we didn’t get permission!rnrnI’ve decided to stop doing this and ask my clients to purchase the music instead to support the artist. But will they do it? No!rnrnWith websites (especially black gospel music sites) that post songs illegally, what will the artist do? And these sites receive donations for their postings too!rnrnWe need sites like this one that will fight to educate the music industry that this is a form of thief. Piracy I believe it is called.rnrnSo, I salute you and this site!

  • Songwriter

    I am so happy someone is fighting for the rights of songwriters!
    I teach piano to many who wants to play for church, but they will not purchase
    guitar tablature or regular music notation songbooks and sheet music!

    God’s People? How can you play for God and steal songwriters songs?

    I was guilty of this too. I can write the chords of any song I hear. But the thing that bothers me is, we didn’t get permission!

    I’ve decided to stop doing this and ask my clients to purchase the music instead to support the artist. But will they do it? No!

    With websites (especially black gospel music sites) that post songs illegally, what will the artist do? And these sites receive donations for their postings too!

    We need sites like this one that will fight to educate the music industry that this is a form of thief. Piracy I believe it is called.

    So, I salute you and this site!

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    Songwriter, Clearly copying and posting sheet-music is a form of copyright infringement. rnrnTabulatures are NOT sheet – music. They are nothing more than chord sequences. They do not, for example, provide information on the proper strumming or string plucking. It’s unclear to me whether posting tabulatures is a form of copyright infringement. rnrn…Dale

  • Dale Dietrich

    Songwriter, Clearly copying and posting sheet-music is a form of copyright infringement.

    Tabulatures are NOT sheet – music. They are nothing more than chord sequences. They do not, for example, provide information on the proper strumming or string plucking. It’s unclear to me whether posting tabulatures is a form of copyright infringement.

    …Dale

  • http://www.gfys.com Tab Lover

    What Is Not Protected By CopyrightrnrnIdeas, Methods, or Systems are not subject to copyright protection. Copyright protection, therefore, is not available for: ideas or procedures for doing, making, or building things; scientific or technical methods or discoveries; business operations or procedures; mathematical principles; formulas, algorithms; or any other concept, process, or method of operation.rnrnSection 102 of the copyright law, title 17, United States Code, clearly expresses this principle: u201cIn no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.u201drnrnGuitar Tabs are a very crude way of explaining how one would play the chords for a song. It does not provide rhythmic notation and has NO commercial value. Even the MPA has a clear guideline on Sheet Music Notation: http://www.mpa.org/music_notation/rnrnFurther, it is used for educational purposes…. sorry it’s not a ‘formal’ setting, but it is none-the-less educational.rnrnThe MPA is only interested in protecting the SHEET MUSIC PRINT industry. If they did care about the artists and songwriters, they would give them more money (they give next to nothing) and they would move the great majority of their business ONLINE. Why the hell, in this day and age, do we need to print sheet music other than for Orchestral performances? Guitar players are much better served with an inexpensive, online version. If the MPA would pull their heads out of their asses, they would sell official sheet music/tabs for $0.25 or so. They would rake in hundreds of millions. Instead, we have MusicNotes.com which has a horrible navigation and they sell each song for $4.95. One song! WTF? In 2007 they did a whopping $2.8 million in business. That’s the entire online music industry… split that sum up with all the artists and you can see we are talking peanuts. Yet, how much have the lawyers made from sending out all the Cease and Desist letters? Could the artists and songwriters be taken care any more poorly? I doubt it.rnrnLastly, if you give away the tabs for free you CULTIVATE musicans in huge numbers. Those people are life long consumers of musicial instruments, official sheet music, CD’s, instructional DVD’s and concerts… they are the hardcore, addicted consumer… and you want to burn them?

  • http://www.gfys.com Tab Lover

    What Is Not Protected By Copyright

    Ideas, Methods, or Systems are not subject to copyright protection. Copyright protection, therefore, is not available for: ideas or procedures for doing, making, or building things; scientific or technical methods or discoveries; business operations or procedures; mathematical principles; formulas, algorithms; or any other concept, process, or method of operation.

    Section 102 of the copyright law, title 17, United States Code, clearly expresses this principle: β€œIn no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.”

    Guitar Tabs are a very crude way of explaining how one would play the chords for a song. It does not provide rhythmic notation and has NO commercial value. Even the MPA has a clear guideline on Sheet Music Notation: http://www.mpa.org/music_notation/

    Further, it is used for educational purposes…. sorry it’s not a ‘formal’ setting, but it is none-the-less educational.

    The MPA is only interested in protecting the SHEET MUSIC PRINT industry. If they did care about the artists and songwriters, they would give them more money (they give next to nothing) and they would move the great majority of their business ONLINE. Why the hell, in this day and age, do we need to print sheet music other than for Orchestral performances? Guitar players are much better served with an inexpensive, online version. If the MPA would pull their heads out of their asses, they would sell official sheet music/tabs for $0.25 or so. They would rake in hundreds of millions. Instead, we have MusicNotes.com which has a horrible navigation and they sell each song for $4.95. One song! WTF? In 2007 they did a whopping $2.8 million in business. That’s the entire online music industry… split that sum up with all the artists and you can see we are talking peanuts. Yet, how much have the lawyers made from sending out all the Cease and Desist letters? Could the artists and songwriters be taken care any more poorly? I doubt it.

    Lastly, if you give away the tabs for free you CULTIVATE musicans in huge numbers. Those people are life long consumers of musicial instruments, official sheet music, CD’s, instructional DVD’s and concerts… they are the hardcore, addicted consumer… and you want to burn them?

  • cheapelectricguitars

    Guitar Tabs are a very crude way of explaining how one would play the chords for a song. It does not provide rhythmic notation and has NO commercial value cheap electricguitars. Even the MPA has a clear guideline on Sheet Music Notation

  • Anonymous

    Guitar Tabs are a very crude way of explaining how one would play the chords for a song. It does not provide rhythmic notation and has NO commercial value cheap electricguitars. Even the MPA has a clear guideline on Sheet Music Notation