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How many words/notes in a row before you stole that joke/melody?
Musicology
In the comedy world, jokes are sacred. If you tell another comic’s joke and fail to give attribution, woe unto you. Accused joke thieves get slaughtered — Carlos Mencia and Amy Schumer spring immediately...
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Did Carrie Underwood steal NBC Sunday Night Football theme, “Game On?”
Musicology
As you may have guessed, a new lawsuit says she did. Heidi Merrill is suing Underwood, saying that NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Game On,” is a ripoff of Merrill’s own, “Game On”...
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Here’s what’s going to happen with Stairway and Taurus.
Musicology
Headlines broke out earlier this week about Stairway To Heaven going back to court. Those headlines have people confused. So, here’s what’s really happening and what’s likely, according to me, to happen next.  For...
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Is Marshmello’s Happier a ripoff of Arty?
Musicology
These guys have real names. Artem Stoliarov is suing Christopher Comstock. (he’s Marshmello.)  The complaint, filed last week, says Marshmello’s huge hit song, “Happier,” infringes upon Arty’s remix of “I Lived,” by One Republic....
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Did Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber steal the chorus for “I Don’t Care?”
Musicology
Well, it’s not completely ridiculous. “I Don’t Care” is Justin Beiber and Ed Sheeran’s brand new single (as I type this, it came out yesterday.) I’d be hard pressed to think of another combo...
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Stairway To Heaven, Blurred Lines, and the silly Inverse Ratio Rule
Musicology
The inverse ratio rule has been part of copyright law for a long time, but sooner or later hopefully we can agree that it never really made a lot of sense and we should...
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