There are a dozen or so questions with the tag, many currently pending closure.

Legal issues are off-topic on SE: Music Practice & Theory (see: Are questions on copyright on topic?).

Questions about copyright are necessarily* questions on legal issues.

So, shouldn't the tag either be removed, or at least have its Tag Info clearly marked as "Please do not ask questions about copyright here." or similar?

* Or are there possibly† some questions that should have the tag, and yet could still somehow be on-topic for SE: Music Practice & Theory?

As seen in the below "duplicate" post on this exact topic (that is obviously better, more thorough, more researched, and goes into more detail, etc. but got stuck in the space-time continuum .)
... there is at least one good/maybe-okay question that should have the tag, and could be considered to be on-topic, as well as some borderline questions.
Legal question prohibition vs. copyright questions and the [copyright] tag: Close them all and remove the tag

  • Well, this is upsetting. I voted to close those questions after spending several hours researching and writing a Meta post like this one, which, bizarrely, seems not to have actually posted. Anyway....
    – Aaron
    Aug 21, 2022 at 14:18
  • ... yes, the questions should all be closed and the tag removed — which is hard, so in the interim the tag wiki should be updated to say "do not use".
    – Aaron
    Aug 21, 2022 at 14:19
  • Okay, I see what happened to my post. It's now there, closed as duplicate, but contains some additional information on this topic.
    – Aaron
    Aug 21, 2022 at 14:23
  • @Aaron I might have some how managed to somehow post my question before you, but your question is obviously better, more thorough, more researched etc. Why did your question get closed? - my question is the dupe Aug 21, 2022 at 14:31
  • @Aaron I saw your 6 retags, and close votes, agreed and voted to close, then wondered why the tag existed at all and posted the above. I didn't mean to copy your idea. Aug 21, 2022 at 14:39
  • I created my post several hours before yours, but it failed to post (I just discovered). I found the problem, posted, then closed it as a duplicate, because your post covers the question more than adequately and far more concisely. My bruised pride would appreciate a link from your footnote to my post, since it addresses the issue of "maybe okay" copyright questions.
    – Aaron
    Aug 21, 2022 at 14:42
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    I saw your close votes not long after you made them, which was gratifying. And I see now another voter has joined us.
    – Aaron
    Aug 21, 2022 at 14:47

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I'd suggest to retag current questions and remove the tag unless the tag usage can be rewritten to cover an area clearly within scope. I think previously this came up and there were some suggestions for uses in scope, but I'd need to dig that up.

I also recommend closing questions that are clearly about off-topic copyright legal or business questions.

  • I have closed obvious ones. I see you have deleted the ones which really needed deleting - the others can probably stay (we could mark as historical)
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    Aug 21, 2022 at 22:22

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