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What’s the Kenny Loggins v Garth Brooks thing?
Musicology
It’s that “Standing Outside The Fire” by Garth Brooks sounds a ton like “Conviction Of The Heart” by Kenny Loggins. And this conflict came to a supposedly “amicable” settlement many years ago. But Loggins...
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The “All I Want For Christmas Is You” lawsuit is silly.
Musicology
Go big or go home, I guess? Songwriter and performer Andy Stone is suing Mariah Carey and a co-writer for $20 Million because he might actually believe “All I Want For Christmas Is You”...
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The fallacy of filtering as an extrinsic test.
Musicology
One for my lawyer friends. I’m no lawyer. My expertise is musical, not legal. But since I sometimes offer musical analysis and opinions regarding issues related to copyright, I often think about music through...
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Does the Shape Of You verdict stem the tide?
Musicology
Headlines galore: “Ed Sheeran blasts the culture of copyright cases!” and “Ed Sheeran will video his songwriting sessions from now on!” As has become the drill, reporting on these cases is about putting the...
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Is there a Take 6 sample on H.E.R.’s “Could’ve Been?”
Musicology
Making time for a hot take on a Friday, because news popped today that the jazz gospel a cappella group Take 6 has evidently (I’m not certain) filed an infringement suit because the Grammy-nominated...
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Bieber Dan + Shay 10,000 Hours Lawsuit
Musicology
Two songs that sound a lot alike. Is it copying or coincidence? Anyone remember a Seinfeld episode in which Elaine and a visiting character, Zara, argued about whether some coincidences are bigger than others,...
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