MPA Wants to Jail Owners of Lyrics and Tablature Sites

The Music Publishers’ Association is intending to start a campaign to shut down site that share song lyrics and sheet music or guitar tab in 2006.

Fining people for sharing the music online isn’t enough, so now they’re after imprisonment for telling people how to play songs themselves.

I can understand the idea that the lyrics and music are copyrighted, but doesn’t there come a point where things are going just a bit too far? It’s because of this sort of thing that we need the Open Rights Group.

  • Story on BBC News
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