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There’s not much that amuses copyright experts more than seeing non-sensical tags such as “No Copyright Intended” and the like in social media posts that contain popular songs. The posters are aware obviously that the post possibly infringes, but they believe the tag excuses them somehow. “Copyright” is pretty much the right to copy, and if you don’t possess those rights but you want to attach a popular song…

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And how do marketing and advertising agencies employ preventative forensic musicologist services to reduce their music copyright risks preemptively?


Let’s start by trying to define what musicologists mean by “preventative or preemptive forensic musicology.”

“Preventative forensic musicology” is the application of music research, analysis, and often the comparison of two or more works to illuminate and mitigate…

“Preventative forensic musicology” is the application of music research, analysis, and often the comparison of two or more works to illuminate and mitigate…

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Compared to everything else Ye has going on lately — anti-semitic remarks here and there for example, and the backlash that’ll come from that sort of thing — Adidas, Gap (still in business) and Balenciaga disassociating themselves — another copyright infringement lawsuit is table stakes, but it’s the stuff we understand, so…

Kanye West is getting sued for copyright…

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Remember when Disney got sued because “Let It Go” might have sounded too much like “Volar?” No, me neither, but here we go again. Earlier this week, Daniel E. Grigson, filed a complaint in a Los Angeles court, claiming that “Some Things Never Change” from Disney’s Frozen 2 (it’s linked below) infringes upon his song “That Girl,” (it’s linked below also) which he wrote and…

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It sure got people worked up, but it was mostly nonsense.

In the few days immediately following the July 29th release of “Renaissance” (Beyoncé’s first album since her 2016 Grammy-winning “Lemonade”) the main story was that it contained a sample from a Kelis track and without permission.

Neither of those was ever quite true.

There was…

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Taylor Swift has been fighting this particular battle for years. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift in 2017 because her biggest hit song of them all, “Shake It Off,” in their view infringes upon their 2001 hit, “Playas Gon Play,” recorded by 3LW.

“Shake It Off,” of course includes the lines, “cuz the players gonna play play play play play and the…

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Among other things.

Meta (formerly Facebook) stands accused of copyright infringement and is being sued by production music company Epidemic Sound for “damages” of 142 million dollars!!! We can talk about the ins and outs of that later. First, though, do you wonder how on earth Epidemic Sound came up with that number? Here’s an explanation: It’s way simpler than you might imagine.