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Stairway To Heaven, Blurred Lines, and the silly Inverse Ratio Rule
Musicology
The inverse ratio rule has been part of copyright law for a long time, but sooner or later hopefully we can agree that it never really made a lot of sense and we should...
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The slightly dicey world of soundalikes.
Musicology
First, what’s a soundalike? Imagine for a minute you’re in advertising. You’re working on a campaign; a commercial maybe. You’ve been trying to figure out the perfect messaging and visuals, and you’re ask yourself,...
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Juice WRLD Stole “Lean Wit Me?” Not from Fly Jxy he didn’t.
Musicology
Jumping right on this one, because it’s straightforward. This morning we have headlines that Juice WRLD is getting sued again already. (Sting pretty much owns “Lucid Dreams” now, rightly.) This time because a young...
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Let’s Get It On vs Thinking Out Loud | Infringement or just similarity?
Musicology
Any day seems like a good day to sue Ed Sheeran anymore. This is a retread of my post from two years ago when I first heard that Ed Sheeran was being sued, not...
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Is “Damn Girl” going to cost Timberlake and Will.i.am millions?
Musicology
Timberlake and Will.i.am are being sued for stealing “Damn Girl.” And I’d say they’ve got a big problem. Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am (William Adams) are facing an infringement suit over “Damn Girl,” their collaboration...
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Sampling, interpolation, infringement by any other name.
Musicology
Interpolation and sampling are separate concepts. And either of them can be infringement; or not. But they get used interchangeably and confusingly. Let’s get clearer on what we mean. First, interpolation. Merriam-Webster.com says interpolation...
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