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Lil Nas X has like a zillion dollars worth of lawsuits coming at him. And one of them has a point, but it ain’t this one. Two songs can sound a ton alike and not be a case of infringement. This in my opinion is such a case. Give me another two and half minutes. …

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As an old friend of mine used to put it, “don’t hurt yourself looking for a more elaborate explanation for something when a simpler explanationone will do.” Katy Perry is in court as I’m typing this, defending her hit Dark Horse against an infringement claim by the creators of Joyful Noise, and against what I …

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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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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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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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There’s a lot riding on the verdict of this soundalike infringement case that could go either way. The Eminem “Lose Yourself” case is a bit funny, but it’s by no means trivial. Musicologize thinks it’s very possible that this soundalike is going to be found to infringe upon Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” and that makes it …

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Fight fire with fire, I suppose. We wrote a post about this action a few months ago, when we first heard that Messy Mya’s estate was suing Beyoncé for twenty million dollars over a little blurb she may or may not have used without permission to kick off her track “Formation.”This video, which has 3 …

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Back in July 2016, Musicologize published a pretty deep take down of the “Amazing” versus “Photograph” case, Amazing v. Photograph | Why Sheeran’s Photograph Infringes. and came to the conclusion that Ed Sheeran would be well advised to settle it. And it appears today that he has. Congratulations to “Amazing’s” songwriters, plaintiffs Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard …

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Tons of casual observers with youtube channels are getting stroked today as Kandi Burruss & Tiny Harris who wrote TLC’s Billboard topping hit “No Scrubs” are getting a song writing credit on Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” But don’t read too much into it. Sure, there has been tons of internet chatter about how Sheeran …

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Explicit language and parental advisories on this one. Beyonce is being sued in federal court in New Orleans because the estate of late YouTube notable Messy Mya claims her track “Formation” from the “Lemonade” album use the New Orleans bounce rapper’s voice without their consent. And indeed, in”Formation” the voice of Messy Mya, whose legal name …

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