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The slightly dicey world of soundalikes.
Musicology
First, what’s a soundalike? Imagine for a minute you’re in advertising. You’re working on a campaign; a commercial maybe. You’ve been trying to figure out the perfect messaging and visuals, and you’re ask yourself,...
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Did Juice WRLD Steal “Lean Wit Me?”
Musicology
No. Jumping right on this one, because it’s straightforward. This morning we have headlines that Juice WRLD is getting sued, again. Sting pretty much owns “Lucid Dreams” now, rightly. And this new suit comes...
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Does “Thinking Out Loud” infringe upon “Let’s Get It On?”
Musicology
Any day seems like a good day to sue Ed Sheeran anymore. This is a retread of my post from two years ago when I first heard that Ed Sheeran was being sued, not...
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Is “Damn Girl” going to cost Timberlake and Will.i.am millions?
Musicology
Timberlake and Will.i.am are being sued for stealing “Damn Girl.” And I’d say they’ve got a big problem. Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am (William Adams) are facing an infringement suit over “Damn Girl,” their collaboration...
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Sampling, interpolation, infringement by any other name.
Musicology
Interpolation and sampling are separate concepts. And either of them can be infringement; or not. But they get used interchangeably and confusingly. Let’s get clearer on what we mean. First, interpolation. Merriam-Webster.com says interpolation...
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Taurus v Stairway To Heaven is going back to court.
Musicology
Led Zeppelin vs Spirit/Skidmore v.1: discarded by the Ninth Circuit. And it’s a mixed bag at best. It’s been about a year since a jury decided that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven did not...
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