Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before: plagiarism in music copyright’ as part of CREATe Public Lectures 2017

Where can you draw the invisible ‘line in the sand’ which separates an infringing piece of music from one that simply draws on the influence of other works for inspiration? In this interactive CREATe Public Lecture, composer and music publisher Dr Simon Anderson, attempts to answer this question. The interactive presentation examines plagiarism cases that have been heard before the English courts in recent years, with music clips and scores to facilitate comparison. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on whether they think a tune infringes or not.One of Dr Anderson’s case studies investigates at what point a newly composed tune infringes an existing work, as musical elements of the original are gradually added to the new tune. Also considered are cases that have been settled out of court, as well as examination of the recent Blurred Lines case, arguing against the US judgement that found the track to infringe Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up.

Speaker Bio

Simon Anderson has been absorbed by music for most of his life, beginning as a chorister in Durham Cathedral Choir at the age of eight. 2017 marks his 20th year working in music publishing, where for the past 12 years he has been responsible for the publishing rights at global production music library Audio Network, working with over 500 composers and managing over 15,000 copyrights. Working as a composer and performer gives Simon a balanced appreciation of both the creation and exploitation of music.

Simon read music at Edinburgh University, working with such luminaries as Kenneth Leighton, Peter Nelson and James MacMillan. He completed his PhD in early English church music at Durham University in 1999, and in 2015 passed with distinction the LLM in Entertainment Industry Law at Westminster University. His LLM thesis sought to define more precisely at what point infringement occurs in musical composition, and is currently being built into a web site resource with funding from Westminster University.

Simon speaks regularly on music and film rights both in the UK and overseas. He is a member of the Music Publishers Association’s education committee, and is a publisher director at PRS for Music.

Where & When
Humanities Lecture Theatre (University of Glasgow)
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 17:30-19:00


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Venue Highlight

The Humanities Lecture Theatre is the University’s only lecture theatre preserved in its original Victorian wooden amphitheatre layout, and marked as Room 255 on this map. It can be accessed off the West Quadrangle, or (easier to find) via the Lion and Unicorn staircase from Professors’ Square.

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