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April 27, 2007

Thanks, RIAA

I hope CETIS will forgive a personal rant, though its vaguely related to my work concerns. Basically, the RIAA has decided that 'tabs' - personal interpretations of popular songs written in simple guitar notation to help other learn to play them - break their IPR, and have issued takedown notices to the various free sites that offer them.

The upshot of this is, when browsing around earlier for the tab to a song my friend's 8-year old daughter would like to learn to play, I encountered lots of pages like this one.

Interesting to see Stephen Downes has an item today about the RIAA, too.

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