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Old 08-03-2019, 03:50 PM
Gorsnak is offline
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Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo View Post
Why is it so hard to give credit and pay the artist you took something from? Thousands of artists do this every day; now Katy Perry et. al. will too.For instance:
Because there's no evidence that they actually took the riff from "Joyful Noise." If they did, then sure, they ought to give credit. If they wrote the riff independently, then why the hell should they retroactively give anything to someone who happened to have produced something similar earlier. So far as I can tell, the only "evidence" that has been presented that the Dark Horse authors had heard Joyful Noise is that the two contain a similar riff.

But it's not like this is some complicated riff. The elements that are actually the same consist of a single note repeated four times followed by a note one full step lower repeated twice. There is no reason to think that the only way to play those two notes in succession like that is to have heard the earlier song. In the absence of any real evidence that they copied the riff rather than coming up with it on their own, the presumption ought to be that it was an independent creation.