The BBC reports that in 2006, the Music Publishers' Association (MPA) will go after Web sites that post lyrics, guitar tabs and song scores. MPA President Lauren Keiser called the online posting of such content "completely illegal" and suggested that jail time could be an applicable punishment for such activities.
Publishing companies have gone after some sites previously, but this will be the first wide-scale campaign with the MPA behind it. Keiser told the BBC that they would go after "very big sites that people would think are legitimate and very, very popular" and added "the Xerox machine was the big usurper of our potential income. But now the internet is taking more of a bite out of sheet music and printed music sales so we're taking a more proactive stance."
David Israelite, President of the National Music Publishers' Association, added, "Unauthorized use of lyrics and tablature deprives the songwriter of the ability to make a living, and is no different than stealing. Music publishers and songwriters will consider all tools under the law to stop this illegal behaviour."