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There was a rumour that the music industry is taking it's war to song lyrics and guitar tab resource web sites are they? They want the owners of web sites that publish lyrics, sheet music and guitar tabs to do some jail time as well as shutting the web site down. Just who does the boss, 'the music miser' think he is anyway?
What do the MPA (Music Publishers’ Association) really hope to achieve by this kind aggressive action? I’ll tell you what the will happen. They are going to stifle the creativity that has flourished thanks to the fact that musicians and songwriters can easily share ideas and learn from each other. If they carry on with their plan to clamp down on the publication of guitar tab and lyrics they wont be doing themselves any favours. As it is, there isn’t a huge amount of decent original music out there anyway and the crap that the record companies are pumping out these days only backs that up.
Why make things worse by killing dead a resource that allows musicians to learn and hone their skills? Sheet music is notoriously expensive and this is probably why many musicians turn to the Internet to find tabs and lyrics. Maybe if the music industry on the whole weren’t so greedy in the first place they wouldn’t have this problem. Also, I would have thought that it is more important to encourage people to learn to play and develop their talents. After all they could be the next best selling record.
Some of the tabs and lyrics come from published sources, but a fair amount of it also originates from people who have listened to the song, interpreted the music and written the tablature for the benefit of other musicians who wish to learn that particular song. So are they breaking the law as well then? Is helping someone to learn a song really that bad and is it actually equivalent to stealing food from the mouth of the original artist? I don’t think so somehow. I think the MPA, Warner Chappell and the music industry on the whole have completely lost the plot on this one.
Please lets have some sanity here. Leave guitar tab and lyrics web sites alone!