Darth Wong wrote:What's annoying, however, is that unless the music companies offer sheet music and lyric sheets for sale, they are not just eliminating copyright infringers whose activities are predatory to their sales; they are actually removing a particular kind of product from the market entirely, ie- making it impossible to purchase.
But that is their right, is it not?
There is nothing that requires GM to offer crate engines for sale. Crate engines are complete ready-to-go as a drop-in replacement engines. GM might decide that offering crate engines reduces sales of their completed cars and quit selling the engines as a component. That is absolutely their right.
Music companies are under no obligation to offer any service, yet they are allowed to prevent others from offering the same service if it in fringes on their rights as a copyright holder.
Music companies don't have any copyright over the lyrics and tabs. The artists who created the songs offically own the copyright.
My point being is it should be the artists trying to take down the lyric and tab sites not a corrupt organization.
If you take a look at any sheet music you will generally note that in the footer there is a line that says Copyright 200* by Crazy Music Co. or some such. The Copyright is usually administered by a company with the connections to enforce it.
I can understand the RIAA's concern over mp3's- but the tabs issue is ridiculous. People have been playing popular tunes on guitar since forever. They were playing House of the Rising Sun
, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love
with notes jotted from the notebook of a friend. Suddenly because distribution is large-scale they are concerned.
I've got piles of bass tabs and I never really even stopped to think there could ever be a problem. If they dont want people getting tabs online, why don't they actually produce tabs for every song they own the copyright to?
Even if they did start producing tabs, I'm not entirely sure I would enjoy the clone element of being forced to play the song the way the RIAA wants me too. The open tabs movement is nice because it offers different alternate renderings which can be rearranged to taste.
What's next? Licences which enable the listener of a song the ability to sing along to the music?
Next Week's Headlines:
RIAA Sues Man Heard Whistling Black Balloon Illegally.