This section of the site is designed as an area where members of the Lost in Music Team can post articles and thoughts on issues of interest. As well as thoughts and observations relating to Copyright and Music Plagiarism, these may also cover broader issues that tie into other aspects of the music industry that the project seeks to tackle in due course.
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Ed Sheeran case updates
By SimonA • 5 May 2023 • (0 Comments)
Ed Sheeran has featured in two high-profile claims that were decided in the UK and US respectively in 2022 and 2023.
July 2018: new additions to Lost in Music
By SimonA • 31 Jul 2018 • (0 Comments)
We've added a few new case notes over recent weeks. These include Flourgon v Miley Cyrus, White Hinterland v Justin Bieber, Paul Rose v U2 and an updated report on the case between Ed Townsend's estate and Ed Sheeran over his song Thinking out Loud.
January 2018: new additions to Lost in Music
By SimonA • 24 Jan 2018 • (1 Comments)
A busy start to the New Year has seen two interesting new infringement cases emerge. First came a case between Radiohead and Lana Del Rey, bringing Creep and Get Free into the spotlight. Shortly afterwards co-writers of Jasmine Rae's When I Found You ...
New additions to Lost in Music: December 2017
By SimonA • 7 Jan 2018 • (2 Comments)
A digest of recently-added material to LiM in December, including a new claim against Uptown Funk, the outcome of a new infringement case in New Zealand, and a new case report featuring New Order/John Denver.
Blurred Minds: What's Going On?
By SimonA • 7 Oct 2017 • (0 Comments)
More global column inches have been given over to the "Blurred Lines case" than to any other plagiarism case, almost unanimously expressing disbelief at the decision of the jury that the track did in fact infringe the copyright of Marvin Gaye, and ...
Its only words: the problem of lyrics
By GuyO • 1 Oct 2017 • (2 Comments)
Whilst Lost in Music currently focuses on musical works, the lyrics of songs can also be problematic. This blog shows another direction in which Lost in Music may develop in the future
Get The Funk Outta Here
By SimonA • 20 Sep 2017 • (3 Comments)
Since its release in 2014 the global best-selling song Uptown Funk has been plagued with claims that it was based on many earlier songs. Here we chart the changing royalty picture for the song and ask whether the recent challengers' claims have ...
Mission: Impossible - Another Close Shave
By SimonA • 11 Aug 2017 • (1 Comments)
The Mission: Impossible Theme's publisher has filed a lawsuit in the US against a razor manufacturer, for infringing their copyright in a TV commercial. Here we consider why advertising agencies and brands often run a higher risk of infringement ...
(Too) Close To You: Bacharach speaks out
By SimonA • 4 Aug 2017 • (1 Comments)
Burt Bacharach spoke out early in August against the number of plagiarism lawsuits doing the rounds, disagreeing with some of the decisions. The giant of 20th century popular songwriting achieved global recognition in the 1960s and 70s writing for ...
Nerd Lines: the role of the musicologist in copyright infringement cases
By SimonA • 20 Jul 2017 • (0 Comments)
Any kind of “ology” involves an element of deep understanding to the point of "nerdiness", and musicology is no exception. It is no surprise that the court room requires the contribution of independent expert witnesses, to inform judge and jury ...