Here is a rundown of some of the better known cases (in both the legal and non-legal sense). It offers an interesting perspective on the variety of situations and attitudes involved. Continue reading →
Ah, those nasty two words every musician dreads: copyright infringement. The list of the accused covers many of the luminaries from the last 40 years, and covers most genres. What makes infringement so worrisome is that it is often done unintentionally. Were you really influenced by a song you don’t even remember hearing? Musical style relies on stock phrases and musical patterns to establish identity, and this is particularly pronounced in popular music where fewer chords limit the range of possible melodies. Blues is the best known example at the extreme end of the spectrum, every song being built on the same chord progressions and general melodic structure. Plagiarism and blues is almost an oxymoron.