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Katy Perry’s Dark Horse case appears to be going to court. In 2015 an artist named Flame, claimed that Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” was essentially the same as and infringed upon his track “Joyful Noise.” And unlike most infringement cases from 2015 this one wasn’t since settled, did not otherwise go away, and according to latest reports is indeed …

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I doubt it. Today I read an interesting article by Christopher J. Buccafusco, Professor of Law at Yeshiva University, entitled The Blurred Lines of Copyright Law Are Limiting Musical Creativity. Buccafusco argues or perhaps thinks manifest that the “innovation space” of music is dwindling naturally because, first, the field is increasingly full of the protected intellectual …

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for Radiohead to sue Sam Smith over “Midnight Train.” Back in 2014, when Sam Smith’s had his mega-hit with “Stay With Me” (which won him four Grammy’s including the two biggies, SOTY and ROTY, and made Smith a star) it was widely observed that “Stay With Me” sounded a helluva …

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Does Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” infringe upon the copyright of “Haters Gone Hate?”   We are going to take a quick look at what’s most important to this case and discuss what “prior art” means in the world of copyright and copyright infringement. Jesse Braham, who is suing Taylor Swift for 40 million, likely …

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Is this just another frivolous lawsuit? How can we tell? accessToday we learned that canadian songwriters, now plaintiffs, Ronald McNeill and Georgia Lyons-Savage are suing Carrie Underwood and claim to have composed the chorus, melody and lyrics to “Something In The Water.” Carrie Underwood’s begins her greatest hits record (hard to believe she has one already) …

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“Chance The Rapper” sued by the songwriter of Lonnie Smith’s “Bridge Through Time” — a jazz record also sampled by Jay-Z and others. Chance The Rapper is reportedly being sued for copyright infringement over his track, “Windows” which was on Chance’s 2012 mixtape 10 Day. The mixtape wasn’t directly sold at retail, so one might say, “The 10 …

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I’m a forensic musicologist and the Blurred Lines verdict was wrong. Nevertheless, it is a historical fact, and a mildly unsettling one. But it shouldn’t be THIS unsettling. I’m hearing lawyers say things like “My client and I are of course operating in a ‘post-Blurred Lines world’ now, so we have to consider…” And I …

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and their hit ‘Thrift Shop” have nothing to fear from “legendary jazz musician” Paul Batiste’s latest lawsuit. New Orleans jazzer Paul Batiste is evidently suing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, claiming he hears his own work in their hit song “Thrift Shop.” So of course, I was anxious to see if there was …

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“Hey, that’s my song; they stole my song!” What do you do when you’re watching a tv show or a commercial and you hear your own melodies in the background?  Or you’re listening to the radio in the car and you hear a song that sounds just like yours. Maybe it’s the same melody or …

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Could this be the biggest music copyright infringement payout of all time? I’ll put on the musicologists hat in a second and break it down but really the musicology over infringement or non-infringement is fairly simple, and unless there’s a rabbit up someone’s sleeve, we could pretty much head straight to the more interesting musicology …

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