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    Posted: September 23 2005 at 20:15

Just listening to some songs recommended on the forum of Overhead and one called Confessions of the Grim Reaper reminds me an awful lot at the start of The Police - Walking on the Moon and then at one point sounds a bit like The house of the rising sun and later Pinball Wizard. What level of influence constitutes plagiarism? Does anyone know?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2005 at 23:58
Don't think there is any such concept in music, barbs. Not even Queen could take out the rappers who stole that bass riff back in the 80s(?). I think the problem lies in the concept that melody is intellectual property in a song, but harmony isn't. I think the gist of this is that you can basically use any music as backing harmony to a new melody and get away with it. I may be wrong in this intellectual property bit though.
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