MXTabs Sets Launch Date2008-05-28 by WishMaster | 17 Comments
Madison, WI - May 28, 2008 - Musicnotes, Inc. announced today it has recently reached new agreements with music publishers Alfred Publishing, EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG), Sony/ATV and several additional publishers and administrators to make guitar, bass and drum tablature for songs in their catalogs available on MXTabs.net.
Under the new agreements, guitar and drum tablature (a form of music notation, commonly referred to as "tabs") for songs written by artists and songwriters from these catalogs are made freely available for download at the MXTabs.net social community web site. The tabs for the songs are created and shared by the users of the site, with a focus on a free and legal distribution of knowledge and information. Publishers and songwriters are paid for their intellectual property through an advertising revenue-share model.
Over 35,000 user-generated tabs are currently available at MXTabs.net in its alpha test phase, with thousands more added each week. With these new agreements the site is expected to offer more than 50,000 tabs for its July 2008 launch date, with tabs for songs from artists of all genres including The Beatles, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, REO Speedwagon, Santana, Wilco and more. EMI CMG Publishing brings tabs for songs from Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Kirk Franklin, Relient K, Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfoot, Third Day, Toby Mac and the Passion and Worship Together catalogs.
"We are thrilled that MXTabs.net has become a legitimate outlet for the distribution of guitar tabs and we're excited about the new opportunities it will create for our songwriters," says Peter Brodsky, EVP Business and Legal Affairs for Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
"Alfred is excited to partner with Musicnotes to help provide thousands of musicians with a legal way to obtain guitar, bass, and drum tabs on the MXTabs.net site," said Steven Manus, Alfred's CEO. "We are always eager to embark on new partnerships which allow us to embrace new business models that better represent our large roster of artists and their copyrights. It is through these endeavors that we can empower a new generation of customers to learn, teach and play music."
"EMI CMG Publishing has been very pleased with Musicnotes' forward-thinking action plans and growth. They really understand this digital space," says Casey McGinty, Sr. V.P. at EMI CMG Publishing. "MXTabs.net is a brave endeavor on their part and a model whose time has come to be tested. EMI CMG Publishing is excited to include our catalog of songs in the launch of MXTabs.net."
In addition to Sony/ATV, Alfred Publishing and EMI CMG, MXTabs has also recently signed license agreements with publishers Horipro music (including REO Speedwagon and Marilyn Manson), Who Is She Music (Phish), Simpleville Music (MercyMe, The Afters) and Craig Wiseman's publishing administration company, Big Loud Bucks. These publishers join Famous Music (now a part of Sony/ATV), BMG/Zomba (now a part of Universal Music Publishing), peermusic, BUG Music, and thousands more publishers who have signed on to MXTabs through the Harry Fox Agency.
An official launch date for MXTabs.net, the world's first free, legal music tablature social network has also been set for July 1, 2008. Although the web site has been open in an alpha phase, with limited content and functionality since early in 2008, July 1st will mark the official launch of the site, featuring additional content, worldwide availability of tabs and a full roster of social networking tools designed specifically with musicians in mind.
To see a sneak preview or for information on how to participate, publishers and administrators are encouraged to visit the in-progress alpha version of the site at www.mxtabs.net.
Marilyn Manson, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson
I believe it when I see it
screw mxtabs. Ive found a new home for my tabs.
[quote=article]Musicnotes has reached new agreements with music publishers Alfred Publishing, EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG), Sony/ATV...[/quote]
Wow, great job, Musicnotes, you're really going for the big dogs.
no one knows what good tabs are anymore since they shut down powertabs.net
Wooo Phish tabs!
This never should have even been a problem.
And the music industry wonders why people don't support it like they have in the past. The fact that this occurred is a colossal waste of time. I'm pretty familiar with copyright laws and the fact that a personal interpretation of how to play a song causes such problems is really pathetic.
get ready for halloween 07
god yes REO speedwagon tabs
screw mxtabs. Ive found a new home for my tabs.
If your speaking of drum tabs share your home. Tu casa mi casa This Message Edited On 05.28.08
awesome, mx pretty much taught me how to play guitar
I don't know much about the music industry tbh, but aren't more would-be tabs becoming legal, or closer to it? For example, how illegal is it to tab Radiohead's 'In Rainbows?' Were they still under contract from some label during the release of the album?
Also, what about artists going straight to itunes. What are the stipulations on tabbing those songs?
I think in a few years, you could probably build a site around these less illegal tabs.
I also think that the tabs you are striving to get, are probably the easiest to find elsewhere. I'm sure its not too hard to find led zeppelin tabs atm.
so what was the reason for mxtabs shutting down in the first place? i'm a little behind.
There was an issue regarding the legality of tablatures of songs by major artists that were written by average joes like you and me. More simply, you were no longer allowed to freely give your interpretation of how to play a song by another band. Something about cheating the record labels and the musicians and some other bullshit.
Problem is though, I posted a lot of tablatures of classical pieces. Who the hell owns those things? Bach's been dead for quite some time. No one is going to post those things again unless I do, but oh wait, it's illegal...
that fails. i used to love mxtabs.
Yay, now I can play Christian music on my tab. amazing!
Yeah, there are better sites now.
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