I learned more about guitar in my first six months as a GN member than I'd managed to pick up in the previous thirty years or so of teaching myself - mostly from David's lessons. I'd find something in every lesson that I could use somewhere else. Hell, one of the main tricks I use is moving a chord shape up the fretboard and leaving open strings when I'm writing music, especially for acoustic guitar....like the Am/B/C/D riff in "Riders On The Storm," or the C Chord moved up two frets in "Man On The Moon"....
"Fair use" and "educational" HAVE to come into the equation somewhere....after all, David's lessons aren't just designed to help you play a particular song, they're designed to make you THINK about what you're playing, and why you're playing it.... and DH does it all for free!!! Where does it end? If my mate shows me the riff to "Honky Tonk Women" does he have to pay royalties to the Stones? Will the music police show up in my room next time I play "More Than A Feeling?" If I'm sat in my back yard strumming away on my acoustic, do I have to pay the Performing Rights Society for the privilege of treating my neighbours to a little CCR or Dylan?
I can understand why the lawyers are going after the tab sites - but I can't understand why the idiots are going after sites like this, which is basically just a bunch of cyber-space mates yakking about guitars and music....GN's not about taking money out of the wallets of working musicians, it's all about getting the message across that music should be fun!!!!!
I could say more, but I'll refrain on the grounds that this is a family-friendly forum and my language might get a little spicy.
How's about we organise a benfit concert for GN, and those of us who've written songs donate them for free - and we only play our own songs, and charge the rest of the world to listen? Nah - probably wouldn't work. The lawyers would probably sue us for using the words "and" and "the" on the grounds that they've already been used in certain songs.....either that, or they'd try and copyright the E chord........
"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)