Music writers and composers are influenced and inspired by the world around them, including the music they listen to in their spare time. Sometimes, completely unintentionally, these authors create their own music that is too similar or almost identical to existing pieces of music and open up to gung-ho legal teams willing to make money from their naivete.
To counter this and give the songwriters a leg up, Spotify invented and pending a patent for a “plagiarism risk detector and interface technology” relating to “methods, systems and computer program products … for testing a lead sheet for plagiarism,” according to documents received from Music Business Worldwide were. (A ‘lead sheet’ is a type of musical score or notation for songs that indicate their melody, chords, and sometimes lyrics or additional notes.)
The concept would make it possible to run lead sheets through the detector and analyze them for possible plagiarism conflicts against an existing cache of lead sheets.
“Then a series of messages would be displayed,” writes MBW, “describing an established level of plagiarism in relation to” a multitude of elements “such as a chord sequence, melodic fragments, harmony, etc. of a song (see Fig. 7 below). ” . ”
Of course, there are only so many combinations of chords and melodies available to musicians, and some might argue that they could all become exhausted over time. While some degree of similarity in the base notes of a song could be questioned, with the technology available today, artists also have the option to expand their music to avoid direct plagiarism.
You can read the full patent application here.
via Music Business Worldwide