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Submission + - Is the music industry hunting tab sites now? (

An anonymous reader writes: Guitar Noise, a popular site among aspiring guitar players, has been served a take down notice from attorneys representing the NMPA (National Music Publishers Association) and the MPA (The Music Publishers Association of the United States, Inc.) Perhaps the new frontier in the discussion of intellectual property rights online is the collection of sites that distribute tabs and sheet music that was reverse engineered by fans. Perhaps this is emblematic of a new trend of litigious exploits. The question that begs to be answered is whether the dissemination of lyrics and musical instructions harms the industry, and if it does, by how much.

The End of Individual Genius? 364

An anonymous reader writes "A recent study suggests the downfall of individual researchers, who are being rapidly replaced by enormous research groups. Quoting: '... in recent decades — especially since the Soviet success in launching the Sputnik satellite in 1957 — the trend has been to create massive institutions that foster more collaboration and garner big chunks of funding. And it is harder now to achieve scientific greatness. A study of Nobel Prize winners in 2005 found that the accumulation of knowledge over time has forced great minds to toil longer before they can make breakthroughs. The age at which thinkers produce significant innovations increased about six years during the 20th century.'"

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