Here's my honest opinion:
I have had a conversation with Ice Nine a few years back, and their position was that these tabs are to be considered the same as the rules found on the From The Dead
link. But they are the only ones that I have had a conversation with, and I would comply with anything they or any artist says imidiately. In fact, I am working on contacting them again to see if the rules still apply, and asking for even more. In light of all that has happened, I think the existance of the non GD Tabs is very, very relevant.
The non Grateful Dead tabs have constantly been a problem for me. The fact that they can provide me any legal hassle makes them all the more unappealing. The misc section, and other artists sections do not even come close to the traffic that the grateful dead tabs do, so, the fact that they pose a threat to shutting down the whole site does not seem worth it to me.
The driving fact for me right now on this site is to ensure that there is never a lights out for rukind.com. There is so much going on with copyrights and music on the internet that I believe lyrics sites will once again be targeted. I would rather be ahead of the game instead of a target of the game.
One of the factors in what type of lawsuit you get (if any) is whether or not you profited from what you did, and we have not. In terms of making money on this site, I feel that there are avenues, none of which would ever require to pay for the tabs. However, I cannot pursue any of those avenues while this site hosts work that I did not get permission for.
I, for some reason, have grand hopes for this site, and would like a chance to pursue them. This would require getting rid of the liability until it is no longer a liability.
So, my position is a little stronger than Ed's: I think we stick to what is permitted, and don't wait for anyone to tell us to take it down.
When rukind.com went down the same time archive.org did, I took it as a Karmic mesage. Before I got the site back online, I seriously thought about going nuclear with the other tabs. I promise you that I send Ed yearly or biyearly emails regarding this issue. When bobby says:
"If we're perceived to be distributing their songs without their agreement, they have every right, and really and every obligation, to sue us"
I do not feel at all cozy, and don't think its worth it at all to me to even risk it. Even more, I think I have to act in such a way as to prevent that from happening.
I would appreciate other frequent user's opinion regarding this issue.