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On May 25, 2016 Justin Bieber and his co-conspirators got hit with a copyright lawsuit alleging that his mega-hit “Sorry” infringes upon White Hinterland’s track, “Ring The Bell.” You only have to listen to the first 10 seconds of each track to hear what the fuss is about. sorry-introring-the-bell-intro As my eight-year old just succinctly put it, …

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Ed Sheeran has an active lawsuit for the second time this summer alone. It’s only been a few weeks since Musicologize insisted here that Ed Sheeran indeed DID steal his hit “Photograph,” (consciously or unconsciously) and is almost certainly gonna be paying the writers of Matt Cardle’s hit “Amazing” a lot of money. This brand new complaint, just filed in …

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The latest lawsuit to hit Hollywood is that of Matt Cardle’s hit “Amazing” alleging infringement by Ed Sheeran and his hit “Photograph.”  There are enough youtube videos with their audio mashups that illustrate the similarities of the two hit songs. But these are hard to sit through, aren’t they? I don’t want to hear the two songs played at the same …

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The latest lawsuit to hit Hollywood is that of Matt Cardle’s hit “Amazing” alleging infringement by Ed Sheeran and his hit “Photograph.”  There are enough youtube videos with their audio mashups that illustrate the similarities of the two hit songs. But these are hard to sit through, aren’t they? I don’t want to hear the two songs played at the same …

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I’m flabbergasted! The jury got it right! Whereas an internet full of ordinary observers certainly didn’t. Nor did the ordinary observer friends that I personally polled on the matter. “Ordinary observer” by the way is the standard often used to help define infringement. That is, “does the allegedly infringing work appear or sound substantially similar …

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