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#1 Happy Panther

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

If you write a song and someone rips you off, you want justice. If someone lifts pieces of a song you've written without permission for their own purposes, you want compensation. But what if someone just copies your style? Is that grounds for a lawsuit?

The Black Keys certainly think so. They believe that their signature style--the sounds and audio aesthetics that make them sound like they do--has been, er, appropriated unlawfully.

This is the world of "soundalikes." Radio and other production libraries along with agencies and music supervisors will often commission a piece of music to sound similar to a well-known song. The trick is to change the arrangement just enough so that while its legally distinct, it still evokes the memory and/or feeling of the famous song it's aping.

This has been going on forever on radio, TV and in movies. And none of this is illegal. The Black Keys would beg to differ. They believe that a style of playing can be protected in the same way a song can. It's part of their style which deserves to be protected as much as anything they do from thieves.


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This is over the top but they might win. There have been precedents in the acting world.

The main issue is can the Black Keys argue that their sound is unique or did they copy others. The answer is surely they copied others in style.

I also think there will be a rash of lawsuits after this as there are plenty of bands that sound similar to another.

#2 mmmbeans

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

bah.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

There have been hundreds of lesser known blues rock musicians/bands who came before the Black Keys that not only had "their" sound and style, but were better at it, too.

It's BS like this that makes me despise the vast majority of popular modern music. Way too much narcissism.

#4 Happy Panther

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

There have been hundreds of lesser known blues rock musicians/bands who came before the Black Keys that not only had "their" sound and style, but were better at it, too.

It's BS like this that makes me despise the vast majority of popular modern music. Way too much narcissism.


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Go listen to "Mambo Sun" by T.Rex


Then listen to Black Keys "Everlasting Light"




#5 Tarheel31

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

Does this mean venom can sue crazy people?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

http://www.toptenz.n...other-songs.php

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Harley Davidson once tried unsuccessfully to trademark the low throaty growl of their engines.

So yeah, I don't think this will go very far.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-hit-songs-stolen-from-other-songs.php


Some of those are clearly patterned after another song... and some are just a similar beat... hard to say though if actual plagiarism was done.

As far as the Black Keys go... it's one thing to say "hey that's my song..." it's another entirely to say, "hey that's my style". I don't think you should be allowed to copyright a "style" of music.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:05 PM

makes me want to turn off the black keys when I hear them now. fug that poo.

#10 I Mean He Was Found Guilty

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

holy poo the black keys of all bands are accusing people of ripping them off?

so i suppose they invented white boy garage-y blues rock

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

http://www.toptenz.n...other-songs.php



Shakira vid>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I mean jsut fuging a

#12 I Mean He Was Found Guilty

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

i mean seriously "next girl" might as well have been written by a hundred different bands over the past forty years

#13 FireMarshallBill

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

Never heard of em

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

all of the great black musicians that got ripped off legitimately by the likes of elvis presley are rolling over in their graves.

#15 Cary Kollins

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

I'm almost dizzy from all the irony of a white band that got famous from making blues music suing others for copyright infringement.


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