The Spirit - Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit

Discussion in 'Decades, Pop, Rock' started by semipenguin, Jun 8, 2014.

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Do you think Jimmy Page plagiarized the Spirit song "Taurus"?

  1. It's an exact match! Randy California deserves credit!

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  2. It's a little similar, but not enough to give Spirit credit.

    6 vote(s)
    85.7%
  3. It's not even close. Lawsuit dismissed!

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    14.3%
  1. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

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  2. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    The lines ain't so blurred now, are they?
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  3. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    I don't. They have a similar "feel", but that can be said of every pop song, including "Give it Up". If all new music has to be entirely novel we will have very little new music.
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  4. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    I agree. I'm sure you can find songs from the 50's and 60's that influenced Marvin Gaye's song. Probably half of all modern popular music has strong influences from older songs. And what about people like Eminem, who basically take an existing song and rap over it? How is this any different than cell phones, or automobiles, or really anything else?

    Most importantly, though, is this ridiculous idea that any particular musical pattern has an exclusive and indefinite patent. Drug companies spend billions developing and testing new drugs, and their patent lasts only a few years. Marvin Gaye made his money from that 1977 song, how does the fact that someone made money off that musical line 35 years later affect his estate? If Blurred Lines had not been written, would his estate have otherwise profited from the lack of any similar songs? If anything, I'm sure that sales of Gaye's song have probably shot-up as well. Gaye's estate is just looking for money.
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  5. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    I haven't listened to the two together to really compare them, but it's really close. Not as close as a Coldplay rip-off, but close.

    The guys like Eminem are paying the publishers of the songs they sample a pretty penny.

    At least they admit it. Vanilla Ice set the precedence.
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  6. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

  7. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Lawyers USED to be very un-rock and roll.

    Hail hail rock and roll.
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  8. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    I find Brian Eno's work to be especially derivative.
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  9. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    FIFY
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  10. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

  11. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    They got $7.4 million, and Marvin got credit. They should be thrilled and should shut up now.
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  12. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Actually, they haven't received a penny yet, and I hope it stays that way. I hope the appeal wins. Name me one other thing that earns a lifetime patent against anything similar being sold. This entire legal concept is just hypocritical and wrong.
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  13. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

    This kind of explains why they've come to that decision.

    Pharrell Talks 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit for First Time | Rolling Stone

  14. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    The more I read and hear, the less blurred the lines are to me, and the more I think they shouldn't get anything.
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  15. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

    If the real thing don't do the trick, you better make up something quick. You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn to the wick
    Oooo, Barracuda, oh yeah
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  16. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

  17. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

  18. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    It's back!!!!
  19. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

    They should just add Randy's name on the credits & give his estate a percentage from here on out. This could only get bad if they don't settle
  20. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    I thought these two videos were nicely explanatory. The dude gets into the musical structure a little without getting too college professor on us. And then he gives us a well-reasoned opinion.



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