Sorry but I disagree that Lyrics and Melody ‘make up’ a song.. It’s that ALONG WITH the rhythmic components (aka the GROOVE).. MOST people don’t dance to “lyrics and melody”. Most people dance to the Rhythmic components (aka the GROOVE) of a song. The Melody and lyrics are what make it ‘memorable’ but it’s EVERYTHING (the groove, the melody AND the lyrics) that makes it a ‘song’.
Personally I believe it’s plagiarism to take a GROOVE and create new lyrical and melodic components over top of it..
IF that’s the case then NO HipHop/Rap song should have to give anyone credit for their ‘interpolations’ (which is much different than sampling – aka you pay someone-like myself for example- to simply perform the four bar section)..
In that case, NO Rock act should be held accountable for ‘stealing licks’ (Led Zeppelin stealing the Blues guys’ stuff, or the Stairway to heaven guitar riffs for example)..
What can be said then about Instrumental tracks (Jazz, soundtracks, etc.) then? The artists/groups can’t or shouldn’t be able to ‘copyright’ a ‘groove’?
Ed’s groove section almost completely sounds EXACTLY like Marvin Gaye’s groove section (especially after you transposed it) and, to me, that’s just not right…
Happy New Years
KDubbs tha Bassist
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