John Legend disagrees with Blurred Lines copyright verdict and says the future of music is in jeopardy

  • monstapex

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    Mar 22, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
    Maybe this is why he doesn't like the verdict.



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    Mar 22, 2015 11:37 PM GMT
    This happens more in the rap and R&B genre. Most of these singers/groups just buy beats from bedroom DJs, and then put their vocals on it.

    John Legend and Pharrell might have some credibility if they simply played ignorant, instead of straight up denying the obvious similarities in the songs.
  • venue35

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    Mar 23, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    No they never sampled the Marvin Gaye track.
    What they did is copy the backing track.
    So yes they kind of stole the music but the lyrics and vocal melody are totally different.
    What Williams and Thicke did that was really stupid was going around saying in interviews that they copied Marvin Gaye's song. Then in court they kept changing previous things that they had said which didn't help their case.
    A sample is When you lift a piece of music, a melody or a vocal part exactly as it was recorded previously and add it in some new way to a new track.
    A great example is the guitar riff from superfreak which was used on mc hammer's u can't touch this.
    Or vanilla ice who used queen's bassline from their hit under pressure on his hit ice ice baby.
    Both samples were cleared from the start which means that either a solid amount was given from the start or royalties would be given in the future .
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    Mar 23, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThis happens more in the rap and R&B genre. Most of these singers/groups just buy beats from bedroom DJs, and then put their vocals on it.

    John Legend and Pharrell might have some credibility if they simply played ignorant, instead of straight up denying the obvious similarities in the songs.


    While I like them both, John Legend acknowledged the 2006 hit as inspired by "Stormy" and paid the royalties.

    Back in the 60s a lot of talent didn't get paid shit. To try and rip them of a second time is repulsive. Artists make a lot more today....much than even if allowed for inflation. A lot of that has to do with copyright laws and other legal challenges that these older artists broke through.

    They don't have a right to complain morally OR legally.

  • venue35

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    Mar 23, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    Blurred Lines has made over 16 million dollars.
    This is amazing when you think of how many people have downloaded it for free.
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    Mar 23, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    Have y'all ever noticed John Legends ass tho?
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    Mar 23, 2015 3:18 AM GMT
    I don't even know how Robin Thicke blew up. This guy has no talent.
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    Mar 23, 2015 3:30 AM GMT
    It's a good thing that the guys who invented the original acoustic instruments didn't copyright their sounds. You'd need to buy a license just to upload a self-made piano song.
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    Mar 23, 2015 4:39 AM GMT
    I think he's right and that Marvin Gaye's copyright was not infringed. The songs are too different in my opinion. Unfortunately because the decision was made by the jury it may be more difficult to overturn on appeal.
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    Mar 23, 2015 10:37 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't even know how Robin Thicke blew up. This guy has no talent.


    BINGO….
    I have my doubts that a lot of 'hit-makers' have any real talent. It is usually told in time..
  • Apparition

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    Mar 23, 2015 11:10 PM GMT
    exactly why hasnt someone published a "song" containing all combinations of notes for 3 or so bars it is fairly doable even on a cell phone, then copyright would be completely exhausted and they would have to change the law so something defined and reasonable.

    I mean there is egbdf-face so 8 different notes, and say rest, flat, sharp, full half quarter eighth notes on those lines, and say 12 notes to 3 bars or so. 48 choices for every note 48^12 is only a trillion or so combinations at the most. That would fit on one hard drive easily.
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    Mar 24, 2015 5:20 AM GMT
    BP201 saidHave y'all ever noticed John Legends ass tho?


    I just did now, it's amazing