music copyright

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music copyright

Post by joselopez » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:13 pm

I make original music with a sythesizer, this instrument comes with something called preload music settings and arpeggiators that allow even a non musician to make music just by playing with the keys, which is great, but this can also be a double edge sword since somebody else, using the same keyboard, can unwittingly create a piece of music verry similar to that one i created, simply because we both are using the same instrument, do any of you is aware if this situation has been the source of lawsuits?

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Post by AndyJ » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:17 pm

Copyright is all about protecting your own creativity so that you can, if you choose, exploit it as of right. This is different from patents which allow an inventor to have a monopoly on exploiting a particular technical innovation even if someone else comes up with the same idea independently.
So in the case of two people creating the same, or extremely similar, melodies in the manner you describe, each would have the copyright in their own work. If one composer wished to sue the other for infrinfgement, he would need to prove that the second person had actually copied his work. This is a similar situation to two tourists standing side by side outside Buckingham Palace to take a picture. Even though each will have a picture which is nearly identical to the other's they will each have full copyright in their own picture because they created them independently.

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Post by joselopez » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:09 pm

Thanks for your comment, it clarifies things to me.

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