Plagiarism has been a problem for many years. Musicians slave themselves to make something original, beautiful, magic-like, they create something that no one can ever take away because inherently it's their baby (sort-a-speak). And then comes someone, who takes what they've painstakingly created, change the tempo a bit or root chord and claim it as their own. Recently in 2013 a well known artist producer etc., Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke was sued by the Marvin Gaye estate for the song "Blurred Lines" claiming it was an infringement violation of a song their father, Marvin Gaye wrote and released in 1977. If I'm not mistaken Pharrell and Robin's song was composed of two chords throughout the song while Mavin Gaye's has four, both with different root chords. The percussion was somewhat similar and background noise was as well. The the question we have to ask is..."where do we draw the line'? There were probably hundreds of songs back in the 1950's that used the same doo-op formula (you guys know what I'm talking about) and no one sued back then (that I know of). Let's talk about progressions, back in 1990 a well know guitarist Eric Johnson composed a rock instrumental titled "Cliffs of Dover". In the bridge you can hear a progression that sounds a lot like K-Ci & JoJo's intro and chorus to their hit song, "All My Life" written in 1997. This is just an example of many conflicting controversies out there dealing with infringements or plagiarism. I think we have to be extremely cautious when composing instrumentals or music in general so as not to be labeled as a plagiarist, especially if profit becomes a factor. In closing, and without taking sides, I find this quote from Mr. Williams most interesting and thought provoking... "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else, this applies to fashion, music, design . . . anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."
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I don't know about you but this is something that annoys me. I know the copyists and pasters(if that's a word), aren't reading this blog because they're on a mission to get as many fans, comments, messages, song hits, Facebook likes etc. as possible. Why can't we spend a minute to leave a genuine comment? I would define that as really showing support and encouragement. I realize it takes a little effort but IT IS NOTED!! The artist receiving the C&P are not fooled by this prefabricated form of flattery. Here are two examples of what I am talking about, and mind you, I have slightly changed the names to protect the C&P(s)...GREAT MUSIC! Keep up the good work! I fanned you here & Liked you on Facebook! Please return the favors! :D God Bless xoxo http://www.facebook.com/JaneDoeC&P... If you like that one here's another one...Thanks for being a fan, I'm your fan as well Lets be fans of fb too:) http://www.facebook.com/pages/JaneDoe#2/12012275278 Feel free to drop your fb link on my page and I will like you back. Have a great weekend. These are just two examples. If you receive or have receive a similar comment rest assure you have been hit with the C&P artist.
I don't curse or listen to songs that have cursing. I'm a fan of music and not swearing. I listen to songs whether it be mine or friends/fans songs that my grandchildren should be able to listen to. This world is getting so out of control that society in general accepts swearing in song or otherwise as natural way of life or form of expression. I ask you, if Jesus Christ were to come down from heaven and listen to some of the music we have today, would he find swearing in songs acceptable? If your answer is no then we too should feel the same way.
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What is a fan anyway? An online dictionary defines it this way..."A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport, art or entertainment form, or famous person". I realize there's a lot of fanning going on in these type of sites it's understandable because it's the common language we are all use to. But are we fanning because we like or appreciate the person's art for what it's worth or are we fanning because we think they'll fan back and thus get more fans or generate more exposure all over the site? It's just a thought to ponder... stay tune for my next post and probably your favorite topic...C&P or better known as the infamous The Copy and Paste Syndrome :)