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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 latest high-profile lawsuit du jour in context with Blurred Lines and the copyright infringement cases that have followed. And I suppose …

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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 H.E.R. (featuring Bryson Tiller) track “Could’ve Been” sure sounds like it relies heavily on a sample from Take 6’s “Come Unto …

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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, or all coincidences just 100% coincidences? If you agree with Elaine, that there are degrees of coincidences, which is about perception …

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This popped yesterday and it took a few hours for me to spot it, so I dont have a thoughtful take on it yet. But give me a few more hours and I’ll get after it. I can’t wait, really. I can give a not so thoughtful take right now though, and it’s that at …

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It’s so funny. The other day, Ed Sheeran “slammed copyright lawsuits” because as you probably know, he had just suffered through a miserable one in which he was characterized as a serial plagiarist. A fantastically thorough and thoughtful judgment cleared Shape of You — the outcome predicted here. But the amusing part: After the wave …

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There is just a TON going on in the world of high-profile music copyright infringement this year. Ed Sheehan is the defendant in not one but two lawsuits. Dua Lipa is a defendant in not one but two lawsuits. And today we’re looking at Sam Smith and Normani’s huge 2019 hit, “Dancing With A Stranger,” …

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Ed Sheeran is in court this week because his megahit “Shape Of You” bears some similarity to Sami Chokri’s “Oh Why.” And you’re saying to yourself, “That guy gets sued a lot, doesn’t he?” Ed Sheeran might get sued more than any musician in the world today. This isn’t even the only litigation he’s got …

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This has got to be some sort of record. Just a few days after Dua Lipa was sued because the chorus from her monster hit “Levitating” sounds so much like an Artikal Sound System track, “Live Your Life,” she finds herself sued a second time because someone else thinks she stole the verses too! First, …

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When a song this big gets sued for infringement, it’s news, and everyone has an opinion. Maybe rather than just tell you my opinion, I can take you along and let you formulate your own. With that… A reggae band called Artikal Sound System has filed a suit against Dua Lipa, because they think Lipa’s …

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This is a repost from a few years ago, but the case was just refiled, March 3, 2022, so I’m putting it back among the current posts. There could be some new information. We’ll try to stay on top of it, but this is where we left it in 2019. It was an interesting situation. …

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