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12/12/2006 6:59 PM
Paul Warren (15299) wrote:
Pete, I should have indicated that was somewhat tongue-in-cheek and refered to the over-zealous and improper enforcement of copyright law.
Before I say anything else I want to be clear that I too support the protection of intellectual property. However, I believe it is often carried too far.
For example, the publishing of tab or notation for educational purposes is specifically allowed by copyright law under the fair use provisions.
Even if the user plays the song for an assembly it doesn't generally violate the copyright law if it isn't done for profit. I know there are exceptions to this but that is the general case. That's why I take exception to attempting to charge music stores royalties because their patrons play the odd copyrighted song. I mean, take this to the extreme, should I have to pay royalties because I whistle a recognizable tune in public?
Users who take the tabbed song and play it for profit are actually charged royalties for the performance so also charging for the tab would be double dipping and IMO is unfair.
The disappearance of tab sites is simply an example where the threat of law suits, even though they are unfounded and wouldn't hold up in a competent court, is enough to scare off the site owners.
Whew... hope we're still friends
Of course. Even if you disagree with my arguments we're both adults and entitled to our own opinions. Of course we could always settle this with sabres at dawn. LOL