I agree more with Chris Richards on this one:
As George Clinton says in his recent book, and with specific reference to "Blurred Lines," creative recycling has always been a part of popular music. Marvin Gaye did it as much as Pharrell Williams does, and one could even argue that Williams has been doing it better and more consistently than Gaye did in his erratic career. In any case, the wholesale dismissal of current popular music isn't worth much more than a curmudgeon's "get off my lawn." Bad critics have been doing that for more than a century, and they always ended up looking foolish.
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On 3/12/2015 10:21, Tom Fine wrote:
> I predict this verdict will stand, and once and for all so-called "pop
> musicians" will need to stop ripping off and recycling old music and
> old ideas and come up with something new and original. Hey kids, it
> was done once. It's possible to do. Marvin Gaye did it, in fact!
> -- Tom Fine
I think not, truthfully. This is as old as music publishing itself and will probably continue. Two cases that come to my immediate mind are George Harrison (My Sweet Lord/He's So Fine) and John Lennon (Come Together/You Can't Catch Me). Lennon recorded at least one Chuck Berry song on his "Rock and Roll" album as part of his settlement.
I don't think Lennon was ever sued for blatantly incorporating "I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man" from Arthur Crudup's "Baby, Let's Play House" in his and McCartney's "Run For Your Life", though.