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The Unlitigated Case: A Study of the Legality of Guitar Tablatures


James T. Tsai


George Mason University - School of Public Policy; Case Western Reserve University School of Law

February 24, 2009

Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Guitar tablature Web sites have been the subject of recent cease-and-desist letters, forcing most to shut down. Litigation has been side-stepped with the arrival of new creative means to continue operation. The case that may have gone to court is discussed here, ranging from the appropriate legal claims of copyright infringement to the fair-use-defense arguments that would have been made. Policy solutions are considered to resolve the tension between the public's desire to use such tablatures and the copyright owners of the original artists.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: copyright, fair use, guitar tablature

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Date posted: February 26, 2009  

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Tsai, James T., The Unlitigated Case: A Study of the Legality of Guitar Tablatures (February 24, 2009). Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1348799

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James T. Tsai (Contact Author)
George Mason University - School of Public Policy ( email )
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
United States
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