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A reader asked an interesting question, which was:

“Since the plaintiff, Structured Asset Sales, doesn’t own the “Let’s Get It On” recording, how can they use…

“Since the plaintiff, Structured Asset Sales, doesn’t own the “Let’s Get It On” recording, how can they use…

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The new Chevrolet Silverado commercial sounds just like The Monkees “Pleasant Valley Sunday!” How can that be legal??

If you get two inquiries like that, there must be a…

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About a year ago, a jury found that Ed Sheeran had not copied Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” when he wrote “Thinking Out Loud.” And while that trial, in which the…

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On April 4, 2024, Tuff City Records sued Universal Music Group over an alleged infringement that dates back to 1992, when Mary J. Blige, just twenty-one years old, released her first top-ten…

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In broadcast and advertising especially, music producers are frequently asked to write music that mimics in some fashion an existing and perhaps unaffordable piece of music. As I have opined before,

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“Mr. Musicologist, you’ve got to be kidding,” you say. Yeah, I reckon I must. (Chill out, BeyHiv!) So why is TikTok obsessed with the similarities between Beyonce’s new song and Franklin’s Theme…

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Anyone can hear that it’s wrong. A forensic musicologist can tell you why.

Everyone hates these commercials, but nobody can ignore them, so props to the creators of…

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What is a copyright musicologist?

The phone rang this morning, and the conversation began: “Hello, Mr. McBrearty, I’m looking for a copyright musicologist. Is that what you do?”…

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I don’t look forward to the Grammy Awards anymore. I don’t care about the red carpet fashion show and I don’t care about whatever politics, and ideas that some years “make…

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Is Ice Spice’s “In Ha Mood,” copyright infringement? Or just a coincidence?

The news of this case came out only hours ago, but here we are taking a…

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