How to get away with copyright…Not really, but here’s some people who have.

How many musical compositions are there actually in the world? Surely there will come a day when all the music that can be played, has in fact been played forcing the world to reuse the oldies for their quality beats. Many artists from One Direction to Madonna have all had either there music used, or have used others for new success. Many of these people never got in trouble for the similar sounding music and here are just a few to enlighten you. Who knows maybe some of your favourite tracks have in fact been copied or stolen?

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One Directions first global success What Makes You Beautiful sold 131,000 copies globally within its first week. The song however has a very similar opening riff to that of Summer Nights by Grease.

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Next up we have Natalie Imbruglia vs Alanis Morrisette. Now after Natalie’s one hit wonder “Torn” she basically disappeared off the face of the earth. That however didn’t stop her from using a very similar sound to that of Alanis Morrisette’s Hand In My Pocket when trying to write her come back song Intuition. Unfortunately Natalie has yet to be heard from so who knows maybe she did get busted for that one?

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Who doesn’t love Kid Rock and that real nice mo that he has going *cough*. Well if you remember his hit song “All Summer Long” you may also know that he used the lyrics Sweet Home Alabama with the exact lyrics and tune to the actual song Sweet Home Alabama by LYNYRD SKYNYRD. The best part is he got into no trouble for it and made plenty of money for what was 2009 song of the summer.

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Who doesn’t love a classic Beatles song? Anybody? That’s what I thought. The beatles themselves even openly admitted to “being inspired by” Bobby Parker’s ‘Watch Your Step’ when creating their song ‘I Feel Fire’. They both seemingly have the same opening riff however there was never really any official trouble between the group and Bobby.

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Stop. Collaborate and Listen, Vanilla Ice isn’t actually back with a brand new rendition. In fact this rendition is indeed similarly tuned to that of Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure. The song was quite the success until it hit a global market and David Bowie realised that the two tunes were pretty much the same. Vanilla however denied this and claimed that he added an extra beat so they definitely weren’t the same. Hey at least you tried baby.

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In more recent events the famous Lady Gaga created Born This Way to please the differences of the world that it was okay to be who they are. Just like it’s totally okay to copy the sound of Madonna and ‘Express Yourself’. There was never actually any legal battle between the pairing intact Madonna took it in her stride (as all artists probably should) and even mashed up the two songs and performed on stage.

And last but not least someone who didn’t get away with it… Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for my most hated song of its year “Blurred Lines”. After being recognised to the similar song “Got to Give it Up” by Marvin Gaye, Thicke and Williams lost an entire $7.4 million(x), almost totalling the entire profit of the song.

It just comes to show that music will one day hit a stage where we may have to make exclusions to the copy right rule. Maybe all music should become a creative common for the entirety of the world to use.

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts on copyright and if you know any other songs that have gotten away with similar things!

Eliza

References

How to Get Away With Pop Music Plagiarism

Top 10 Musicians Who Make Their Living Ripping Off Other Musicians

http://www.cracked.com/article_19848_7-famous-musicians-who-stole-some-their-biggest-hits.html

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/music/songs-that-(allegedly)-rip-off-other-songs

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4 thoughts on “How to get away with copyright…Not really, but here’s some people who have.

  1. Hello!
    I think this post was really informative and well informed. Something you might find interesting is Mark Ronson’s Ted Talk on music sampling. He explores the art of sampling and really delves into it in a deep and interested way. He, like you, explores the layers that music has, it really goes to show that music is always going to be an appropriation and copyright infringements are unavoidable. Enjoyed the us of gifs and both the mention of old and new music. Great post!
    Zoe,

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  2. Hello!
    I think this post was really informative. Something you might find interesting is Mark Ronson’s Ted Talk on music sampling. He explores the art of sampling and really delves into it in a deep and interested way. He, like you, explores the layers that music has, it really goes to show that music is always going to be an appropriation and copyright infringements are unavoidable. Enjoyed the us of gifs and both the mention of old and new music. Great post!
    Zoe,

    Like

  3. You had me at Harry Styles as the header picture. I agree completely! You have found some interesting connections that I had never noticed, love it. People plagiarise without even realising it all the time its just becoming ridiculous.

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  4. Your focus on music definitely made this post one of the most intriguing! Your examples and comparisons to songs that are similar was extremely interesting, and kept me engaged from start to finish. With such a plethora of songs out there it seems like it would be pretty difficult not to accidentally have a riff or tune or beat that is similar to something else. Definitely makes you contemplate whether more content should be put in the public domain so people can add their own ideas to them. Great post!

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