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Turn down the top 40 and listen up: here are 8 of 2014’s best indie songs about love and relationships. Whether you’re going through an emotional breakup, falling in love, or just have a crush on your cute neighbor, these tunes are sure to get you through. 1. Cavalier, James Vincent McMorrow In this dreamy track, the Irish musician produces a sound that is simultaneously seductive and ethereal. His haunting refrain “I remember my first love,” will cause intense nostalgia, and probable cravings for a rainy afternoon in bed with your current snuggle-buddy.
2. Like Real People Do, Hozier A sweet, slightly twangy song about craving a kiss from the girl that caught your eye. For some reason, this song brings to mind summer days and swing sets. If you don’t fall in love with this song just by listening, be sure to check out the choreography that brought this song to the masses (myself included).
If that doesn’t melt your heart, no one can help you. 3. Angus and Julia Stone, Grizzly Bear One of the latest songs from this brother-sister duo, Grizzly Bear paints a sweet picture of simply wanting to be around the girl you like. Why is it called Grizzly Bear? Beats me. Confusing titles aside, the groovy instrumentals and infectious refrains are worthy of any tale of charming infatuation. 4. Melt, Chet Faker (feat. Kilo Kish) Less about love and more about desire, Australian music producer Chet Faker collaborated with dreamy vocalist Kilo Kish to represent both sides of playing “hard to get.” This lyrics of this song are relatable anyone who has tried to resist a relationship that is inevitably damaging, but eventually gives in.
Besides that, the soulful electronic pulse will have you playing “Melt” on repeat. 5. Flaws, Vancouver Sleep Clinic In Flaws, 17 year old Tim Bettinson presents listeners with a creeping nostalgia for the throes of a lost relationship.
The wintry Bon Iver vibe of this song will, similar to Cavalier, have you reaching for a cozy blanket, and maybe a loved one. 6. Bound, Laura Welsh We’ve all seen Kanye’s bizarre video for Bound 2, featuring the mother of his child, Kim K.
And if you haven’t, you really . West’s creative oddities aside, British songbird Laura Welsh gives the hyped up hip-hop track a stripped down and emotional redux. With her own soulful rendition, she gives truer meaning to his refrain, “I know you’re tired of loving, with nobody to love.” 7. Ben Howard, End of the Affair Another sad one, but really, are any love songs truly happy? End of the Affair laments just that; the end of a relationship and eventually watching your old partner move on, signifying the finality of a break-up.
In typical Howard fashion, the song is mellow and folk-y, with occasional bursts of anguish. It makes for easy listening, and easy relatability. 8. Fall In Love, Phantogram Let’s end it on a fun note, shall we?
Possibly the catchiest and most pop-esque song on this list, Fall in Love laments the struggle of being on the receiving end of unrequited love. While your heart will go out to the guy lead vocalist Sarah Barthel is singing about, you can’t help but hum along and twitch your shoulders to this synthesized hit.
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It would be absolutely great if every songwriter knew exactly how much of a song can be identical or even similar to another song without it becoming a copyright infringement. Unfortunately, it is a grey area in the law that is very much a case by case thing. That said, there are certain beliefs that prevail, some of which are actually true while others are not.
Here are 5 that frequently appear. #1- There is a preset number of measures before it is a violation This is simply not true. There is no set amount of measures at which point a song that was not a copyright violation becomes a song that is a copyright violation.
#2 – Song Titles and Chord Progressions are not copyright protected This is true. There have been several successful songs named e.g. “All Through The Night”, including the famous Cole Porter song and one written by Jules Shear that Cyndi Lauper had a hit with. I actually have written one myself with this title! Ditto for chord progressions. There must be hundreds of songs that were hits in the ’50s and early ’60s that followed the familiar “ice cream changes” progression of I-vi-IV-V7.
Thin “In The Still Of The Night” (another song that shares its title with others), “Donna”, “Silhouettes”, “This Boy” just for starters. Also the chords from the “Pachelbel Canon in D” have been used numerous times. Think “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Roy Clark’s “Yesterday When I Was Young” has the exact same chords as the standard song “Autumn Leaves” but the melody is different, so no copyright violation.
Makes for a great contrapuntal medley however. #3 – Individual Arrangement Parts Are Not Copyright Protected Mostly true, but there are exceptions. For instance, if a melodic bass line is determined to essentially be the “melody” in the song when it appears it can be a violation of copyright.
This is what happened in the recent hotly disputed case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” vs. Marin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” On the other hand, the iconic opening drum lick to Ronnie & The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” has been used a ton of times without a successful lawsuit for ripping it off (err…”borrowing it”.) #4– Lyrics Are Protected By Copyright Again, absolutely true...
except for when it is not. ☺ James Taylor wrote a song for his first album, recorded for The Beatles’ Apple Records, called “Something In The Way She Moves.” Enter George Harrison, who used it as the opening line for his most widely recorded song “Something” on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album. From Wikipedia: James Taylor has stated, "I never thought for a second that George intended to do that. I don't think he intentionally ripped anything off, and all music is borrowed from other music.
So completely I let it pass."[ Taylor also acknowledged that the ending of "Something in the Way She Moves" was taken from the Beatles' song "I Feel Fine” and so "what goes around comes around." Most of the lawsuits over lyrics seem to be less about partial lyric stealing than entire lyric stealing and end up being a case of someone allegedly giving lyrics to another songwriter without informing the original songwriter.
Currently, there are reports that a songwriter named Katie Farrah Sopher is suing Sam Smith and Eliza Doolittle, saying that her boyfriend gave them her songbook. Her boyfriend, Sean Sawyers, denies the allegation. I think that perhaps the reason this apparently happens less frequently than with melodies is that while it takes some musical acumen to hear a stolen melody, we all speak and understand words, so the risks of getting caught stealing lyrics is greater.
#5 Melodies Are Protected By Copyright Absolutely true. However, while the courts sometimes get it right, they also sometimes blow it, and sometimes for reasons I cannot figure out, either a glaring example was not filed or brought to suit successfully.
The following are of course, my subjective opinions. Dolly Parton was unsuccessfully sued for her Grammy winning song, “9 To 5.” The catchy chorus is based on a very basic blues riff that has been approximated in a gazillion songs, and will undoubtedly be approximated in a gazillion more. George Harrison was successfully sued for his smash hit “My Sweet Lord” by representatives for Ronnie Mack, the writer of “He’s So Fine”, a big hit in the early ’60s for The Chiffons. And that is clearly correct, as not only are the chords and structure identical, so is the melody.
This one has always bewildered me. While I am as big a fan of The Beatles as anyone who walks the planet, George, like all the Beatles, was a huge fan of American R & B records and he presumably heard this many times.
And if not, wouldn’t you think somebody on the session have said to him, “George, you know this sounds an awful lot like “He’s So Fine.” Here is one that is so blatant that I cannot believe they got away with it. The Association had a big hit with a Terry Kirkman song called “Cherish” in the ’60s.
Not long after, a one hit wonder band, Climax, had a hit with a song written by one of its members, Sonny Geraci, called “Precious And Few.” To my ear the chords, structure, and the melody are so close that it is a copyright violation and yet as far as I know, no lawsuit was successfully filed. I can’t post a YouTube link here or I will get sued myself, but check it out. The Letterman even performed the two songs as a medley.
A grey area, indeed. Jay is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator, conductor, keyboardist, as well as vocalist. As a composer, he is best known for scoring the New World Television series Zorro. Among the films and TV movies he has arranged, orchestrated and/or conducted are Paramount Pictures' Blame It On Rio Excellent article. Thank you. I wrote out many rhythm chord charts of popular songs for my band. They contain sparse arrangement cues for strings, bass, horns, keyboard, and guitar lines from the original recordings of American pop/rock tunes and British Invasion.
No melodies are included as they are strictly rhythm charts. Under what category would they fall under regarding copyright infringement if shared? Thanks again, John
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Under international law, copyright is the automatic right of the creator of a work. This means that as soon as you write down a song or make a recording, it's copyrighted. In order to enforce the copyright, though, you'll need to be able to prove your ownership.
In the US, that means you need to register your song with the U.S. government's copyright website. This will make it much easier to assert your rights if your copyright is infringed. Read on to learn more about how to protect your song with a copyright. Make a copy of your song. You could make a CD, USB drive, mini-disc, cassette tape, MP3, LP, record it on video, or write out the sheet music.
All of these methods may be used to create a hard copy recording of your song. As soon as it's recorded, it's copyrighted - now you just need to have it registered.
Register a free account. Click on "new user" to open your account. You'll need to give your name, address, country (if not from the USA), phone details, and preferred contact method. • Once you have an account opened, you can use this every time you'd like to make a application. The account allows you to monitor your applications and to find various types of information concerning copyright. There is also a tutorial on making a claim provided.
Upload an electronic copy of your work. Many types of files are accepted, but check the Copyright Office's complete list to ensure that you're not sending in an incompatible file. • If you prefer not to send an electronic copy, you can send a hard copy (non-returnable) and it has to be sent in a box, not an envelope. You can make a shipping address slip from the site. Obtain form CO. You can either download it from the US Copyright Office website or call the office at (202) 707-3000 and request that the forms be sent to you.
You may also request the form you need by mail at US Library of Congress, Copyright Office, Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20559. • Form SR is the right form to fill out to register a copyright for sound recordings. • Form PA, the form for performing arts recordings covers recordings of live performances. • Form CO may be used for any type of sound recording or performing arts recording.
Since the fee for forms PA and SR is currently $65 and the fee for form CO is $45, consider carefully which meets your needs most. Visit for more information. Wait for the certificate of registration.
Have patience because this part of the registration process can take a while. It can take up to 15 months if you've filed by mail, according to the Copyright Office FAQ, and averages around 8 months currently. The good news is that your copyright is effective from the day that your materials are received by the Copyright Office. You'll receive a certificate of registration when it does arrive. The day the Copyright Office receives your materials.
Correct! A copyright for an original song is active the day the Copyright Office receives your materials in the mail. However, it can take up to 15 months for them to mail you your certificate of registration. Additionally, remember that anything you send to them won't be sent back, so don't send them the only copy of your song! Read on for another quiz question. The day the Copyright Office declares it. Try again! Actually, your copyright is effective before the Copyright Office declares it to be effective!
The exception, of course, is for non-original songs or duplicates. In that case, the copyright belongs to the first person who copyrighted the song. Choose another answer! Avoid poor man's copyright. There is a long-standing myth in the music industry that the old-fashioned fix of recording a song, placing it in an envelope and mailing it to oneself guaranteed copyright.
The post date on the stamp was supposed to serve as proof of the date of origin of the song, provided the envelope remained sealed. However, this method didn't stand up in various court cases and has since been discredited. Moreover, given that your copyright exists on creation, and that an envelope's seal can be carefully unsealed and resealed, this method does seem rather fallible.
Be aware of the Berne Convention. If your country is a member of the Berne Convention, copyright in a song comes into existence when you create it. It does become more complicated when there are several creators who have contributed to the song, but there are rules governing these "layers." It's best to seek legal advice in that situation.
• The U.S. copyright office is the only one among the Berne Convention's member countries offering a method to register content of the song (lyrics, melody, chord, etc.). Unfortunately in all other countries, only the title of the song is recorded. The value of the protection afforded is significantly reduced. However, your possession of a dated original is all the proof of authorship that you need in most countries, assuming there is any dispute.
True Not exactly! Colloquially known as the "poor man's copyright," this method believed that, since you had a date on a postage stamp, the mail could prove the song was created on or before that day (provided the envelop remained unopened).
However, this method has been overturned in court, and is no longer a valid way to copyright music. Pick another answer! False Correct! It's true that the "poor man's copyright" is no longer legal, but there was a time when musicians would mail a copy of their music to themselves, leave the envelope unopened, and use that as proof that they'd created the song on or before the postage stamp's date.
Read on for another quiz question. Community Answer • If you registered your song with the US Copyright Office back in 1970, then this would be easy for you.
But I assume from your question, that that didn't happen. You will need to speak with a copyright attorney.
This sounds like a matter that is going to have to go to court, and you will need to prove to a judge or jury that you have the original right to the song, and that your song came before the other person's song. Proving this can be difficult.
You will need notes, diaries, witnesses from 1970 who heard your song, etc. Good luck. Community Answer • Your copyright protects your lyrics. You can register that with the U.S.
Copyright office, and when you register, you will be asked if you are claiming copyright to the entire song, or just a portion of it. You are claiming copyright to the lyrics alone. You cannot copyright the music, because you don't own that. As for playing, performing or selling the song, you will need to find out where it is licensed with a music licensing agency, and request permission to use the music.
Check ASCAP, BMI, or HFA for starters. Community Answer • Yes. Copyright refers to whatever portion of a song you have written. If, for example, you write new lyrics to already established music, you can copyright your lyrics for someone else's music. (Be careful, however. Your copyright, in this example, may not allow you to play or sell your song with someone else's music, unless you have a license or legal right to use their music.) Are you wondering if your rights are available only in your home country or in the country in which you created the work?
The good news is that the Berne Convention contains a reciprocity clause. That means that you are granted a copyright in your work under the laws of the country in which you created your work (provided the country has ratified the Berne Convention), but if copies of your music happen to end up in any other country part of the Convention, you will keep your rights in your music. Your rights will, however, be governed by the laws of the country in which the infringement occurred.
The US advice assumes that you are a US citizen. In 1989, the US became a party to the Berne Convention, meaning that if you're from outside the US, you're not required to register with the US Copyright Office before you can make a claim in a US court. However, you may wish to seek legal advice about availing yourself of the US registration process should you wish to have your music aired, heard, performed, or otherwise used in the US market.
To copyright a song in the US online, start by making a copy of your song using a CD, USB drive, MP3, or writing out the sheet music. Next, go to the US government’s copyright website, click on the Electronic Copyright Office, and register for a free account. Then, click on “Register a New Claim,” fill out the copyright application, and pay the required fee.
Finally, submit your song by uploading an electronic copy or mailing a hard copy.
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