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Old 07-30-2019, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo View Post
Strong copyright laws are good news for songwriters.
There is an underlying reality to this case.

The person who wrote the music for "Dark Horse" either intentionally copied the beat and riff from "Joyful Noise", or they did not. The reality of this truth is unknown to just about everyone except the person who penned those sections of the song, and I don't pretend to know what actually happened.

If the beat and riff were intentionally copied and credit not given, then this is good news.

If the beat and riff were NOT intentionally copied, if they were independently written and just happened to be very similar, it is not good news for "songwriters". A bunch of songwriters are now on the hook for damages to other people who had nothing to do with the creation of their song. These are songwriters who only got tagged for the similarity because the song they wrote was spectacularly successful. If this scenario is true, EVERY songwriter is at risk for their most popular songs to be subject to lawsuit, because they can unintentionally violate copyright, and that is NOT good news.