Here's a link to a slashdot reference to an ongoing battle between guitar tablature sites and Hal Leonard Publishing, the biggest single "songbook publisher".http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/05/15/2149224.shtmlIn a nutshell, Hal Leonard is fighting attempts by firms to offer free tablature for guitar on the Internet under the premise the practice would impair the rightful collection of royalties from amateur players who can't figure out "Bad Moon Rising" is D-D-D-A-A-G-G-D-D without a little help.Sheeeeeeeees.I really do think artists are entitled to direct profits from the recordings of their work and the live performance of their work. I think artists are entitled to royalties from over-priced concert T-shirts and programs sold at their concerts. I think artists are entitled to prevent cover bands from touring under misleading names like "The New Doors" or "Pink Floyd 2007" that dilute the "brand" of the original band. I even think artists are entitled to compensation from other commercial businesses who use their work to attract customers for their own profit (bars, football stadiums, etc.)However, to claim a share of the work someone else undertook to understand how you produced your work to teach someone else how to play your song for their own private enjoyment is really pathetic. This argument isn't too far removed from claiming I owe the surviving members of Led Zeppelin a tenth of a penny every time the riff to How Many More Times goes through my head. I'm enjoying their work, aren't I? Aren't they entitled to compensation for every mental flicker their music creates in my head? Ahh, just thought of it again, there's another tenth...You can bet that once they invent a drug that can erase selective memories, the RIAA and Hollywood will demand all entertainment be packaged with a dose so you'll never remember a thing about any "art" they sell unless you pay for it. Every #*%*!)% time.WTH
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