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Guitar Noise wrote: sites with videos are okay. Justinguitar.com had to remove the tabs but the videos were left alone. The NMPA and MPA are only concerned with the guitar tabs and lyrics. They can probably see that the video lessons actually help them sell more music.
TwistedLefty wrote:i wonder if silent movies (video) of someone playing chords, etc would be grounds for them to threaten legal action?
NoteBoat wrote:I'm not sure that's accurate. Choosing to allow video lessons to sell more product might be a sound business decision if all the eggs were in one basket, but they aren't. Because the various rights are divided up between different groups and agencies, no one has the authority or the incentive to make a decision like that.
There are lots of different rights involved in the music business - and the rights the MPA and NMPA control are only for print music; they could care less about video, since they don't have anything at stake. The rights at issue with videos are the performing rights and the mechanical and/or synchronization rights - and the folks who control those have got their own lawyers hard at work.
Vic Lewis VL wrote:
"Fair use" and "educational" HAVE to come into the equation somewhere....
chalkoutline wrote:What about a site like Ultimate-Guitar.com? That thing is filled with tabs.
NoteBoat wrote:I think it's going to get worse before it gets better. There's a trade agreement, ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) that's being negotiated by a number of countries behind closed doors. Rumor has it the agreement will include intellectual property as well as products. I've also heard that some of the negotiations going on in the Google Books lawsuit will expand copyright beyond what's normally covered - perhaps making it illegal to even quote a single sentence without permission.
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