Yes, you still will get caught if it gets popular enough. It may take years but it will happen. If there are millions of people out there listening one will reconize it.
Originally Posted by Spinner87
They don't own the chord progression. That's not what I'm talking about. But you can own a melody. If it's just a chord progression you are fine but if it's an entire melody then you are up sh!t creek.
Originally Posted by ammobeats
I do get it. That's a myth of sampling clearly explained in the article I posted. Just because you replay something similar doesn't make it yours. They own the idea.
Originally Posted by rhythmonster
Let me break it down like this. Using a sample is copyright infringement. Replaying a melody or a partial song is copyright infringement. Replaying just the chord progression isn't always copyright infringement but sometimes can be depending on how long and complex it is.
You can't copyright A to D to G to C but you can copyright Am7 to Dm to G to C to Bm to Fm to E to C (just an example) if that is the main concept of the song and you use it in the same way and manner making them sound alike. Steve Vai is currently suing someone for this very thing.
You can't create songs that sound like anyone else's using the same melody or main theme.
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