Allegations of (un) music theft are believed to harm music – NRK Culture and Entertainment


– It was a burden to me, says the famous composer.

Rolf Loveland is one of several musicians and artists who have been accused of stealing musical ideas from others.

Recently, a large number of cases of plagiarism have appeared in the Norwegian media.

Audun Muldy, a music expert at Christiania University College, thinks it has become too easy to call something plagiarism.

– He says he became detrimental to music and creativity.

Who has an ©opyright?

A different version of this case may have been written before. This way in case someone thinks they are imitating others.

It may seem that you have to be careful during the day. NRK lawyers spoke of their belief that there were more cases of plagiarism than before. Especially in music.

So Do composers struggle to arrange the original tones in sufficient order?

Astrid Semplas felt that someone was inspired by her song. It ended up with more money.

Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

No, there are probably several reasons why more plagiarism is emerging now, says Torger Kielland, who works with copyright at the University of Bergen Law School.

Copyright lawyer John Wessel Ase agrees.

There appear to be many copyright disputes, but it could also be due to increased media coverage, he says.

But wait a minute – what is the definition of plagiarism? We send a message to the person who has influence.

Scientific theft

“Even in the air, this is a musical theft!”

here in the country Astrid S He recently got extra money after that French rapper Montana She supplied herself with a lot of her song “Jump”. TV Profile Adrian Seefull A song has just been removed from Spotify because it did not ask permission from songwriters.

Internationally, like the stars Ed Sheeran And Justin Beiber Just struggling with allegations of music theft. Taylor Swift She had to appear in court because someone thought she had stolen.

Artist picture of Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran did not steal “Shape of You” from Sami Shoukry. The court decided so.

Photo: Dan Martinsen (Atlantic Records)

Especially: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Then that song was lost (“Blurred Lines” was the song) – and thus had to pay damages to Marvin Gaye’s heirs because the court thought “Blurred Lines” was too similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”.

Williams and Thicke believe the ruling created a blurred line between plagiarism and inspiration.

At the same time, the Internet is filled with forums and comment areas where “musical neighbors” claim to have found their own non-musical thieves.

Have we become too? firm with musicians?


Characterized by plagiarism complaints

Rolf Loveland is one of those who have faced accusations of plagiarism.


Rolf Loveland released “You Bring Me Up” in 2001 following inspiration from Irish folk music.

Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

The experienced composer wrote both “Let it swing” and “Nocturne” and thus earned two of Norway’s three Eurovision wins – in 1985 and 1995.

In 2001, Loveland released his blockbuster “You Raise Me”. You’ve likely heard Westlife or Josh Groban’s version of this (yes, they paid to use the song).

Feel free to listen to Westlife’s explanation as you read on:

One day in 2005, Icelandic composer Johan Helgason called Bloveland. He claims that Loveland has stolen many of his books since 1977 with the Icelandic title “Söknuður”. Helgason later went to court against Loveland.

Hear for yourself – do you think it looks?

After several rounds in the US court system where Helgason did not win, but appealed, the Supreme Court dismissed the case last week.

Loveland is relieved when it’s finished.

– This has distinguished me for several years. I struggled to function and was completely taken out of the whole situation.

The composer has never had a case of plagiarism with any of his other 1,000 songs and believes it’s no coincidence that it was his biggest song that received such accusations.

– Of course there is a huge amount of money in this, says the Southerner.

If we look at “you win with an increase” sales numbers, we understand that there is a lot of money in “owning” this combination.

The song has sold 100 million copies in physical sales and has been played more than 1 billion times on streaming services, according to Loveland.


Seven white + five black = 12 different tones.

Photo: shutterstock

Music is also mathematics, so stick to the notes:

When writing a song, there are 12 different tones to choose from. However, man has managed to compose almost endless songs that sound different. It’s over now 80 million songs on Spotify. It feels like the song has been coming for a minute over the past 150 years.

And more and more music is being produced, we must believe Spotify numbers. above 60,000 New songs are posted daily on the live streaming service. It’s about one song per second. A new song came, a new song came, yeah, I got the point.

Are we now making so many songs that we copy each other so often?

– The number of songs is only part of the explanation, says the lawyer.

ladies and gentlemen…

…the person you are going to meet now makes it easier and more difficult to be a musician. Hello – the Internet!

The web has made it possible for everyone to create music and share it with the world. Attorney Keeland explains that this also makes it easier to spot plagiarism or other people’s copyright infringement.

Torger Keeland

Torger Kielland is a lawyer and knows a lot about copyright.

Photo: UIB

Keeland thought It has become very easy to call something plagiarism, Preferably in the United States where most of these cases are tried in court.

– Yes, there is a tendency that the copyright protection of music is very strict there, he says and emphasizes the possible consequences:

It shouldn’t be more difficult to be free to compose your own music. The lawyer says that new artists should be able to build on what others have created, as long as they don’t copy.

Rolf Loveland still makes music, but says he’s become more eager to make something similar for others.

– Yes, I have, but I still let myself be inspired. All art is inspired by something – in one way or another.

This is definitely the case here. Thanks for the inspiration.

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