Friday, December 09, 2005

Lyrics on the net means jail time for you!

Entertainment: If Lauren Keiser has her way. In further evidence that the music industry have lost their damn minds, the Music Publishers' Association(MPA) wants to shut down and jail owners of sites who have lyrics and song scores.

The music industry is to extend its copyright war by taking legal action against websites offering unlicensed song scores and lyrics. The Music Publishers' Association (MPA), which represents US sheet music companies, will launch its first campaign against such sites in 2006. MPA president Lauren Keiser said he wanted site owners to be jailed. Guitar licks and song scores are widely available on the internet but are "completely illegal", he told the BBC. Mr Keiser said he did not just want to shut websites and impose fines, saying if authorities can "throw in some jail time I think we'll be a little more effective".
It would be practically impossible to shut down all sites, but from a public relations standpoint, the music industry hasn't yet struck out in ticking people off.

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