Last week, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) announced preliminary legal action against 50 infringing lyrics sites, based on research conducted by artist/activist David Lowery. Digital Music News reported on this announcement, and re-published Lowery’s ‘Top 50 Undesirable Lyric Websites’ list in the article. “This is not a campaign against personal blogs, fan sites, or the many websites that provide lyrics legally,” NMPA president David Israelite announced, referring to the list of 50.
“NMPA is targeting fifty sites that engage in blatant illegal behavior, which significantly impacts songwriters’ ability to make a living.”
Here’s the original article.
So what would you do, if you were on that list, as reported by Digital Music News? Well, one of the sites in that list, Guitaretab.com and its owner, the British Virgin Islands-based Quester Group, has decided that Digital Music News has published ‘false and defamatory’ remarks about GuitareTab. That is, simply by reporting about the legal action, publishing Lowery’s list, and referencing the comments of the NMPA announcement and resulting action.
They’ve even demanded a full and prominent ‘retraction,’ within five days, or face unspecified legal consequences.
That five days has now expired, and Digital Music News has not, and doesn’t have any plans to, update our post or issue any prominent ‘retraction’. If David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), realizes that somehow this was all a big mistake, then we’ll report on that. So you might want to talk to David about that one.
Here’s the friendly letter we received from Guitaretab.com attorney Tony Berman of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law. Mr. Berman also sent this exact same letter to David Lowery, who they are also trying to intimidate.