March 12, 2015 at 10:07 am #20701
If the ripoff were a song that had stylistic similarities yet an identity of its own (melody, chord structure, etc) I do feel that it is within the ballpark of okay, whereas the straight out theft of a track such as that is surely a violation. Kind of apples and oranges, IMO.
Similar to what I said about using a Harmon mute and Miles Davis. The Edge cannot copyright the use of delay on guitars.
But…if someone did a straight knock-off of “Pride” or the 10 millionth rip of “Clocks” and then their cue was ripped off in a YT video…who’s the thief?
Can the library writer go after the unauthorized YT use, or could U2 and Coldplay go after them both?March 12, 2015 at 10:15 am #20703Desire_InspiresParticipant
Marvin Gaye’s estate didn’t sue simply because Marvin’s song was an inspiration for Blurred Lines. They sued because Blurred Lines was a huge success. Songs that don’t generate enough money or notoriety will still be mostly forgotten. This lawsuit is about money, not music.March 12, 2015 at 11:37 am #20707
They sued because Blurred Lines was a huge success. Songs that don’t generate enough money or notoriety will still be mostly forgotten.
Thank you for reinforcing what I said earlier.
And…if the song hadn’t become a major hit and earned huge amounts of money they wouldn’t have been a target, like every other Marvin Gaye knock-off that didn’t generate a lawsuit.
😉March 12, 2015 at 11:57 am #20708Michael NickolasParticipant
Kind of makes you ask “what’s going on”? 🙂March 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm #20709woodsdenisParticipant
As that old music saying goes “Where there’s a hit there’s a writ”March 13, 2015 at 9:21 am #20720woodsdenisParticipant
This getting really silly now.March 13, 2015 at 9:29 am #20721
It’s funny how often estates come out of the woodwork when they smell money.
He added that “this matter is not finished by any stretch of the imagination
Good for him! It should be appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court.
IMHO the verdict is a wrong application of the law.March 13, 2015 at 9:39 am #20725Art MunsonKeymaster
This getting really silly now.
Yep, heard that yesterday. Talk about greed!
It should be appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court.
I was just saying that to Robin the other day. I could imagine a whole bunch of deep pocketed artists and companies pooling their resources to take this to the Supreme Court.
Hmmm, maybe the Supreme Court could sue Motown for using the group name “The Supremes”. -:)March 18, 2015 at 8:34 am #20814
BTW. It’s worth noting that Williams & Thicke sued the Gaye estate first, seeking what is known as a declaratory judgment by the court that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe. They opened the can of worms first!
Here are some more thoughts in the NY Times