Conflict in the band, unless the bass player splits his profits with everybody in the band, cuz its the Band’s song. But wait, it is not, is it.
And that brings us to the label.
The label would probably charge them royalties to make the book, that he has to split with the rest of the band, so in the end, he, the bass player, after writing out an album of bass tabs, would pay for the album licensing fees and royalties, share whats left over with the band,
And in the end they get a slice of pizza and a beer for the work.
Not all musicians gave up the rights to their songs, and they could do it, but being the DIY type of PUNK attitude that had those musicians not looking for every dollar, didn’t have to be rich, just had to own what was theirs, and that was what ultimately made them happy. That guy, might say Go Figure it out yourself you Wanker!!!
Just a couple of ideas, in reality there are probably way more types and complications then I listed in just 2 examples.
That is, I am guessing, why lots of even the best books of transcription have mistakes and missing parts.
The book company asked the record company, and for a fee, they said yes, but you have to get one of your guys to do all the work, you can hear the songs, make the tabs / notation and sell it, under your book company and publisher, keep within copyright laws, and pay the fees and royalties (not to the ban members at this point, they get crap) and put it out, if its close enough, thats good enough for us.
Its all a shame, would love to get bass lines for Primus from Les, or Sabbath scores for NIB from Geezer, and many other songs and musicians.