minstrel: Re: minstrel digest, copyright melodies

Chris Mortika cmortika at rocky.itasca.net
Mon Jul 19 13:24:12 PDT 2004

A nice analysis of the "He's so Fine" / "My Sweet Lord" plagiarism suit
can be found at  http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/mysweet.htm

Now, this doesn't particularly apply to us.  If I use a popular song as
the melodic basis of an original tune:

a) it's probably a parody.

b) it's probably not going to sound like a particularly authentic
   pre-1600's song.

c) it's probably not going to sell a gazillion copies and get me
   embroiled in a 30-year law suit.


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