The Unlitigated Case: A Study of the Legality of Guitar Tablatures
Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, Forthcoming
18 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 24, 2009
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.
Keywords: copyright, fair use, guitar tablature
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