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Posted at 10:52 AM on August 21, 2006 by John Zech
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If you play guitar, even a little bit, chances are you have learned some songs or pieces with the help of tablature, a form of musical notation that shows players where on the strings and frets to put their fingers.

Players use tablature (or "tabs") to transcribe pieces, or the chords from pieces, and they often share them with each other. The internet has made this sharing much more common.

Now some big music publishers don't want them to share any more. The arguments from both sides sound a lot like the file sharing arguments from a couple of years ago involving Napster and similar services.

You can read more in an article from the business section of today's NY Times.