Musicians against the RIAA sign now

The music industry is to extend its copyright war by taking legal action against websites offering unlicensed song scores and lyrics.

The Music Publishers' Association (MPA), which represents US sheet music companies, will launch its first campaign against such sites in 2006.

MPA president Lauren Keiser said he wanted site owners to be jailed.

He said unlicensed guitar tabs and song scores were widely available on the internet but were "completely illegal".

Mr Keiser said he did not just want to shut websites and impose fines, saying if authorities can "throw in some jail time I think we'll be a little more effective".


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I can entirely understand the attack on illicet filesharing. Although Im not entirely in favour of it,I can see how much harm it can do to the little man, and can comply in following the law in accordance to the downloading of music.

However, banning online tabs and scores is a severe injustice. Online tabs and scores often largely differ to the artist's published versions - some certain tracks being near-to, or impossible to find.

This is a frenzy of absolute greed. For a 5-member band to learn one song, the score/tab-book for what would likely be the entire album, could escalate into over 100 - more than likely over US$100.

People cant afford to shell out that sort of money - setlists can comprise of a very long list of tracks - nobody can afford the extortionate rates that these amount of songs could cost. The small-time musician might only want to learn how to play his favorite song, without being able to afford,or possibly locate the official songbook.

The internet itself is fast becoming a nanny state - with the RIAA at the helm. This is insanity at its finest.

Please add your digital signature to invoke your own disgust at the selfish actions of the RIAA.


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