can you take the music from a song and call it your own?
im a singer/songwriter/guitar player and ive recently sent a handful of songs to the library of congress for copyright. when i was out playing i noticed that the person i was playing with 'original songs' were not really originals. they seemed to have taken the EXACT rhythm and chords for another song and just changed it up at the chorus a tiny bit. this was the case fr 3 of their songs, i was wondering if they sent that in to be copy written if they would run into any problems. thanks to whoever can help.!
- steveLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Biz Markie tried it for his song 'Along Again (Naturally)' (1991)
Using a sample from Gilbert O'Sullivan's song 'Alone Again (Naturally)' (1971)
It brought about the following lawsuit -
There are many others instances -- for example....
The Chiffons - He's So Fine (1962)
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (1970)
The lawsuit it brought and additional information --
The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe (1974)
Phil Everly - The Air That I Breathe (1973)
Radiohead - Creep (1992)
Radiohead apparently gave Albert Hammond & Michael Hazlewood songwriting credit, though I don't know if it done when the song was originally released --
Though it doesn't appear to deter some --
- jongLv 44 years ago
Pink Floyd- Echoes Overhead the albatross Hangs immobile upon the air And deep underneath the rolling waves In labyrinths of coral caves An echo of a far off time Comes willowing around the sand And the whole lot is inexperienced and submarine. And no person known as us to the land And no person is aware of the in which's or why's. Something stirs and some thing attempts Starts to climb closer to the sunshine. Strangers passing within the avenue By danger 2 separate glances meet And I am you and what I see is me. And do I take you by way of the hand And lead you by way of the land And support me recognize The excellent I can. And no person known as us to the land And no person crosses there alive. No one speaks and no person attempts No one flies across the solar.... Almost daily you fall Upon my waking eyes, Inviting and inciting me To upward push. And by way of the window within the wall Come streaming in on daylight wings A million vivid ambassadors of morning. And no person sings me lullabyes And no person makes me near my eyes So I throw the home windows large And name to you around the sky....
- Eden*Lv 71 decade ago
Men at Work did thirty years ago, now looks like they might have to give up 60% of the songs earnings to the owners of the original copyright