Hey, don’t copy me! (Week 3)

After week 3’s lecture i began thinking about how often other peoples original art is copied by others, intentionally or unintentionally. Even when I am making new things up, it always comes from a genuine place but i stop and think ‘what if someone else has done this before, does that mean i have ripped them off unintentionally?’

The easiest way to avoid copyright violations is to create 100% original content (Smith, 2015)

The line between influence and straight up ripping people off most of the time is a clear defined thing that you can understand. Although sometimes some people cop the heat for doing something similar. In the early 90s when the grunge scene was exploding one band who weren’t from the Seattle area. “Many critics of the era considered STP(Stone Temple Pilots) to be a grunge clone’ specifically, many claimed that Scott Weiland was a poor man’s Eddie Vedder”(McCausland, 2014). However the band predated Pearl Jam and others that they were accused of ripping off.

You would need a license to use other people’s copyrighted music unless it is older than 50 years and is public domain. “you do not need a license for your own personal use however” (Scherer, 1996). Somewhere down the line I hope I do not get copied, but if i do i know that i should be okay as long as i have proof that the music they copy is mine.


McCausland, D. (2016) Stone temple pilots Weren’t Pearl Jam ripoffs. Available at: http://archive.alternativenation.net/stop-calling-stone-temple-pilots-pearl-jam-ripoff/ (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

Scherer, W.W. (1996) Guidelines for the use of music under copyright. Available at: http://www.reach.net/~scherer/p/copyhelp.htm (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

Smith, A. (2015) Using copyrighted music in videos: When is it legal? Available at: http://www.reelseo.com/copyrighted-music-in-video/ (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

Willett, M. (2001) Copying good ideas. Available at: http://www.willett-ink.co.uk/LGC%20web/pages/Copying%20good%20ideas.html (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

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