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We can finally close the book on this epic copyright infringement case, technically at least. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page can relax. But it settled very little, and the thorniest issue remains. A quick synopsis to get us on the same page: In the original trial in 2016, Led Zeppelin was found not to have …

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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 a track called “Broad Day” by PuertoReefa and Sakrite Duexe. It would seem producers Don Lee and Glen Keith DeMeritt III …

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“Entities should not be multiplied without necessity!!” That’s Occam’s Razor. Or, as an old friend of mine used to lazily put it, “don’t hurt yourself looking for a more elaborate explanation when a simpler one will do.” This really will only take three minutes. Katy Perry is in court as I’m typing this, defending her …

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Hot take: Maybe they did, but not from David Henderson and friends. Today we learn that 5 Seconds of Summer, the Australians who gave us the hit song “Youngblood” last year, are being sued by David Henderson, David Toth and Peter Ferencz because the opening melody lines of Youngblood are very similar to the melody …

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Well, it’s not completely ridiculous. “I Don’t Care” is Justin Beiber and Ed Sheeran’s brand new single (as I type this, it came out yesterday.) I’d be hard pressed to think of another combo more certain to reach #1 as fast as Billboard can refresh? So everyone has heard the hell out of this track …

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Katy Perry’s Dark Horse case appears to be going to court. In 2015 a Christian rap artist named Flame claimed Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” infringed upon his track “Joyful Noise.” A few years later, the case hasn’t settled and according to latest reports is indeed going to trial. Anything to see here? Well, the judge himself just called this “…an extremely close …

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How about a quick look at what’s most important to this case and at the importance of “prior art” in the world of copyright and copyright infringement. Jesse Braham, who is suing Taylor Swift for 40 million, likely believes that he has a fair point. He used a phrase that he thinks was pretty unique …

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What’s the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement? It’s largely a matter of what’s immoral as opposed to what’s illegal. Let’s take plagiarism first. When we throw out the term “plagiarism,” we mean “taking and passing off another person’s words or ideas as your own, without attribution (crediting the source),” and it’s considered wrong, immoral, …

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The three legged stool and why you need a musicologist before you write that complaint. I don’t know. But looking at the court decision that threw this out, I’d have to say the plaintiff, Timothy Arnett, didn’t engage a musicologist, and didn’t have his ducks in a row before filing his complaint. In it, he makes …

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“Hey, that’s my song; they stole my song!” It’s not a good feeling. You’re listening to your radio or to a Spotify playlist, or maybe you’re watching a tv show or a commercial and you hear music that sounds just like something of your own. Perhaps it’s not exactly the same, but it’s similar enough …

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