The music industry is planning to extend its war on unlicensed music by taking action against internet sites that provide guitar tabs and lyrics without copyright.
The Music Publishersâ€™ Association (MPA) which represents sheet music companies in America says it will launch a crackdown in 2006 with MPA President Lauren Kaiser saying she wanted site owners jailed.
Keiser told the BBC that the majority of song scores on the internet were â€œcompletely illegalâ€ and added that the MPA wanted to go further that shutting sites down and imposing fines, adding authorities can â€œthrow in some jail time, I think we'll be a little more effective"
The MPA plan to target big sites that appear to be legitimate to users, Kaiser said: "The Xerox machine was the big usurper of our potential income," he said. "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 Publishersâ€™ Association added on the subject: "Unauthorised 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."