• Whenever printed music is copied without permission, you are STEALING... The Music Publishers Association (MPA)
Correct me if I'm wrong, I do believe it says copies, not interprets and rewrites to the best of their knowledge for personal use only. You know some contries have ruled that downloading music is not illegal so long as you don't make it public and use it for personal purposes only.
• What is copyright infringement?Copyright infringement occurs when a person copies someone else's copyrighted items without permission. This would also include public display of a copy of copyrighted work.http://www.lostquilt...fringement.html
I believe that it says copies there too.
• in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly...U.S. Copyright Office
The main intention of sites that produce tablature is to teach beginners how to play the songs they love. Not only is that the main intention of the site, but the majority of users looking for tabs are beginners looking for how to play the songs they love. I'm sure artists don't mind that a beginning guitar player wants to take up learning their song.
• We have also heard that it would be too expensive to purchase legitimate tablature or sheet music for all of the songs that a player may want to learn. We are sure that these same individuals would not feel entitled to steal a sheet music book or a guitar from a music store simply because they want it but cannot afford it. Yet, anyone who patronizes these illegal web sites is stealing just as if he or she walked out of the music store with sheet music or a guitar.The MPA
I think a much fairer comparaison is this:
Somebody is illegally downloading music. They get the file, open it, and find not the origional song they want, rather a covered one played by some no-name band that thought they sounded like the origional. You see... that's not the song they origionally intended to play. They got it because a band decided they would take an origional song and try and play it to their best ability. Which is what people posting up tabs on the internet are doing.
In Conclusion, reproducing copyrighted materials is illegal. But posting a tab on the internet is exactly the same as telling someone how to play a song. If you tell them verbally, that's not copyright infringement. So why should it be copyright infringement to tell them on pen and paper?
It's not copied material people are posting on the internet. It's interpretational, and most people don't use the entire tab, rather they try to fit their own interpretation into it. It's merely a guideline to try and learn the song, for the purpose of learning how to play a great instrument.
Artists themselves are the holders of the copyrighted material. I myself have not heard any complaints from them, just the MPA acting on "numerous e-mails" that they have recieved, which are completely undisclosed to the public.
Website tabs are a way for people to teach themselves how to play the guitar. If they don't have these tabs, then how are they to learn the guitar? They aren't good enough yet to hear a song and tell themselves how it's played. They don't want to go buy tab books for something they aren't even sure they will take up.
The MPA is simply an Association trying to take advantage of people so that they can make more money by selling sheet music. They brought up this complaint in the year 2005. There hasn't been any arguing about people interpreting other people's music in tablature, going back to, oh, the year 1300, the approximate time tablature was invented. It's an outrage that the MPA wants to take advantage of lower to middle class people based on "numerous e-mails" which just so happen to be undisclosed.
Thank you for reading,
voodoogav does have a point tho...
its just like tellin a friend how to play a soong but u dont know that friend...
Soon the MPA or whatever that wire tapping company was is going to be looking at our emails and finding tabs,tracking us down, and calling us criminals