Sunday, August 27, 2006

Oppressed by Da Man

News.com has an article up about something I noticed (& meant to blog) earlier this week, that the MPA and NMPA (sheet-music equivalents of the RIAA. They represent publisher interests) have shut down OLGA.NET and a handful of other guitar tab and sheet music websites.

This is interesting for a number of reasons:

  • These are user-created/submitted content sites. The music isn't copied from some song book, each is a particular musician's interpretation of the music as he hears it played. How different does a rendition have to be before it's no longer a copyright-covered work?
  • Long term, does this have a negative effect on the industry? How many budding musicians buy more (or less) sheet music because OLGA let them dip their toe in the water?

Anyhow, it's a bummer!

1 comment:

John said...

You (ie Microsoft) are da man, if there ever was a "da man". Now that (D)RM runs in your veins, you should not feel so bummed. Is a replication of art (like a print from an original) ok to make and sell? Of course not... even though there are many differences in the two images. Same applies to music (sheet or otherwise).