Courtesy of Slashdot, I discovered that the popular guitar tab site, OLGA has shut down again. The reason given was that the publication of the tabs constitute a copyright infringement, and a DMCA violation. In other words, the people who create guitar tabs of songs are guilty of reverse engineering! Never mind the fact that most of the tabs are awful to begin with.
I used to play the guitar rather badly, though the fact that I can play at all is no mean feat considering that I'm tone deaf. However, because I am tone deaf, tab sites are extremely useful to me. Now, it seems that using those tabs can be considered condoning copyright violation (in the US, at least) and is therefore a form of piracy.
Way weird! Heh heh henh heh, hmm heh hnnh heh ... 
What has it got to do with Malaysia? Nothing really. Or rather, not yet anyway. But it won't be a stretch to say that someday it will affect Malaysia, due to the "harmonization of intellectual property laws".
So, where will it end? Can't do tabs, can't do lyrics. Maybe, eventually singing along (no matter how badly) will also constitute a violation?
Before long, all we can do is listen to songs, but we can't remember the lyrics, can't try to work it out on our own instruments, can't change the format to ogg or mp3s. They should really start looking into making different kinds of musical instruments and patent those (e.g. 7-string guitars, say), so that songs can really become proprietary and would therefore "ensure that composers and songwriters will continue to have incentive to create new music for generations to come."
As an aside, I wonder what Lars Ulrich's opinion on tabs is.
 I may be wrong on the actual violation. It may not be reverse engineering but something else. Haven't read the DMCA since it's not directly relevant to me and Malaysians in general (yet). The DMCA thing was mentioned in a lawyer's cease and desist letter to another tab site, as shown here.
 I stopped playing lately because the missus said that the neighbours are considering a class action suit on me for undue duress and extreme aural and mental torture.
 I would like to categorically say the transcribed laugh/giggle above is not a copy of Beavis & Butthead's laugh. If it was, I may have violated the DMCA, for all I know. So it ain't anything like that.
 If I was an American citizen, which I ain't.
 There's lots of links for this. Googling gives this .