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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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Blurred Minds: What's Going On?

By SimonA7 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 GuyO1 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 SimonA20 Sep 2017(2 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 SimonA11 Aug 2017(0 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 SimonA4 Aug 2017(0 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 SimonA20 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 ...

"Is this safe?": attempting to locate the "line in the sand" that defines music copyright infringement

By SimonA20 Jul 2017(0 Comments)

"Is this safe?" is perhaps the question that most keeps composers and publishers awake at night. A niggling doubt that something they have written or published may rely too heavily on influence of other people's work. In recent years the spotlight ...

Westminster Law School and its musical history

By GuyO19 Jul 2017(0 Comments)

Readers have asked about the wonderful images used on the website, they are supplied by the Archivists at the University and you can read all about the musical history of the institution here

What is 'Lost in Music'?

By GuyO7 Jun 2017(0 Comments)

Want to know about the 'Lost in Music' Concept? Read more here about this initiative to demystify and explain legal issues in the music industry.

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