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MPA thinks beyond music sharing

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Guest Juanky

The Time Has Come


Hey folks, so many of you have been asking yourself why Ultimate-Guitar.Com is still online, while most guitar tablature websites have been shut down by MPA during the past 6 months, including mxtabs, guitartabs.cc, guitartabs.com, taborama.com and mysongbook? The time has come for Ultimate-Guitar.Com to get an MPA letter as well. Surely, that was not something good, but the request to remove all tabs in 10 days.


I would not post anymore "why is it illegal?" messages, as there are enough articles on this topic, like this one from guitartabs.cc:


"At what point does describing how one plays a song on guitar become an issue of copyright infringment? This website [and tablatures], among other things, helps users teach eachother how they play guitar parts for many different songs. This is the way music teachers have behaved since the first music was ever created. The difference here is that the information is shared by way of a new technology: the Internet..."


The Story


Ultimate-Guitar.Com site, as you know, is a bit different from any other websites. We are based in Russia, thus none of US laws and authorities can force us to make anything. *surprise, surprise* However, we respect the rights of the musicians (not copyright holders, which is a big difference), thus we made some steps to ensure that they [musicians] are getting paid for the tablatures we have here.


Ultimate-Guitar.Com website is absolutely legal tablature archive which activity is based on a Russian Organization on Collective Management of Rights of Authors and Other Rightholders in Multimedia, Digital Networks & Visual Arts (ROMS)' license. ROMS is the national Russian organization providing professional collective management of authors? property rights and protection of interests of rightsholders in cases of use of their works in digital interactive networks, including the Internet.


We pay royalties quarterly thru ROMS.


At the same time, we've tried to get in touch with all big US publishers, and we've got no response. They are NOT interested to do anything about this. The only thing they care -- is to shut down all tabs websites with no alternative to offer. From an economic standpoint, MPA activity will led to no results. Until they can offer a license to such websites or at least decided on a price per tablature, there will be dozens new tablature websites every month. Can they see this? I guess not.


Keep Rockin'!


Anyway, what does it mean? Nothing. We are legal. We are not going to shut down the website. All you need to know is that we will face the threat and will fight back until you're using the website, contribute and support us.


Make sure to spread the word about this to your friends.



UG Team.


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