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  • if Ed Sheeran can BE sued, krokus should be sued FOR long stick goes boom check it out SAME EXCACT SOUND I COULD SWARE MUT DID RECORD

    andy
  • I agree with your final conclusion, different melody different lyrics, let’s move on. They are both great artists.

    Ben C
  • As a musician and a “recovering” lawyer, I understand the arguments from both sides. However, I believe that all art and all music is derivative to some degree. Taking art and calling it property defeats the purpose of art, which is to share with others and create community. I assume that Marvin Gaye and his co-writer hoped that the songs would be heard. They must expect, then, that the songs will influence others and become part of their musical lexicon. Furthermore, if you look at the purpose of copyright, as set forth by the authors of the U.S. Constitution, it was to protect creative thought, not property. In fact, the term of copyright in the first American copyright laws was 14 years and could only be renewed if the author was still alive at the end of the original term. Why? Because you can’t be creative after you’re dead. Life of the author plus 70 years (the current term of copyright) is a travesty and constitutes theft of the commons.

    Tim Shaffer
  • In general, I believe that we need to have a much more structured definition of what constitutes a copyright violation. Just look at the sixties. Almost all the hit songs had the same chord progression. Many were so close, you come play one song and sing another and not be able to tell the difference. Let’s allow our artists to be significantly influenced by those who came before, because, after all, Isn’t that a large part of music?

    Ed Umlauf
  • ED SHEERAN VS. MARVIN GAYE
    how about
    PODCASTING BROADCASTING VS Major Recording Studios maybe with Labels
    no new analog recorder why has AVID CLAIM TO BE A RECORDER IT A SAD DAY FOR MUSIC LIES
    WHO IS SAVING AND RECORDING MUSIC who is right who is wrong
    AVID IS NOT A RECORDER WINDOWS IS NOT A RECORDER MAC IS NOT A RECORDER
    DOES INTEL PAY FOR RECORDING RIGHTS LIKE OTAIR ROLAND SONY STUDER
    ASK AVID TO THEY PAY MEDIA FEE TO THE RECORDING BROADCASTING LETS SEE
    HOW ARE THE LABELS DOING ARE MAJOR STUDIOS CLOSING DOORS
    SO ED SHEERAN VS. MARVIN GAYE The music industry SHOULD SUE EVERY GAYE CD+G AND EVERY MOTHER CHILD FOR SINGING THERE SONG OK GAYE SORRY GOING TO BLANKING BELL NSA HAS COPY EVERY SONG ON . THE INTERNET COVERS OR ALL COVER BY GAYE OK SUE THE NSA OK SUE YOURSELF BECAUSE GAYE WAS SHOT BY A FAMILY MEMBER GAYE WOULD SAY LET THE MUSIC ROLL NEVER KILL THE MUSIC. ED SHEERAN LET’S GETTING IT ROLLING SHOULD BE YOU NEXT SONG WHY SUE GAYE FOR PAYBACKS. AND LIES.

    Kicking Saturday

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