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Does Bad Decisions infringe on Dancing With Myself?
Musicology
First off, this isn’t headed anywhere, because Billy Idol is credited on The Strokes recent single “Bad Decisions.” Still interested in hypothesizing about how that came about, and the appropriateness of it, and looking...
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Copyright infringement and the Climate Of Fear
Musicology
For about five years there’s been a steady stream of infringement cases in the world of pop music. We’ve seen Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Lizzo, Juice WRLD, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Ed...
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Walk It Talk It: Migos dodged a bullet.
Musicology
About a year ago, October, 2018, hip hop artist M.O.S. complained that the Migos hit single, “Walk It, Talk It,” is a rip-off of his 2007 track “Walk It Like I Talk It.” I’m...
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What’s more important to an infringement case: Similarity or Access?
Musicology
(This article discusses a case involving Juice WRLD, who since I wrote the article tragically passed away. ) It’s similarity, right? Both are important, sure, but where there’s tremendous significant similarity between two works,...
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DId Lil Nas X and Cardi B steal “Rodeo?”
Musicology
Lil Nas X has like a zillion dollars worth of lawsuits coming at him lately. There’s the Bobby Caldwell “Carry On,” issue. And more recently there’s the complaint that “Rodeo” is too much like...
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Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway’ case, What’s most likely next?
Musicology
What’s next, following this week’s en banc hearing? Earlier this week, eleven Ninth Circuit judges heard arguments in the continuing case of Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ infringement case. This en...
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