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Songs and the copyright issue.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Rockin John, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. A mate loaned me a book (which was basically all about how to make a hit record) that contained a paragraph about how copyright exists in a song.

    They said that 50% existed in the lyrics and the other 50% in the melody to which the lyrics are set. There was nothing for the "groove", they said.

    That seemed odd to me because there are songs around that owe their popularity to the groove just as much as the melody: more so in some cases.

    OK, the book was written in the late 1980s. And, legally, things may well have changed a lot by now. Or is it still the case that you can't copyright the groove of a song?

    Just wondered.....

  2. Yes, AFAIK, you still can't copyright a groove. Nor should you be able to IMHO. You can play a song with several different grooves, and it's still the same song. Or you can play several different songs with the same groove, and they're all still different songs.
  3. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    You could probably copyright an arrangement of a song - certainly if you scored it out and published it. However, that would be a separate thing from the song itself.