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GUEST,pavane Sharing guitar tab online being banned! (39) RE: Sharing guitar tab online being banned! 05 Sep 06

ABC files would still be subject to copyright, but there would be different rights for the tune itself and the expression in abc format.

As far as I know, only the copyright owner of the tune could authorise the publication of an abc version, but the rights to an authorised abc file itself would initially belong to the transcriber.

As for the chords, they ARE subject to copyright as well.
When I bought MIDI backing tracks from a licensed supplied, they could provide the lyrics as part of the licence, but NOT the chords.
That is why I wrote my program FIND MIDI CHORDS, which analyses a MIDI file and lists the chords being played.

Go here to find a copy to download

When I was in Saudi some years ago, I believe they didn't have any copyright laws (maybe I was just mistaken?)

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