Why Plagiarism In Podcasting Can Damage The Industry

Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy
Published in
8 min readMay 15, 2022

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Here’s the question that propels this article: Does plagiarism only hurt the artist being plagiarized or does it hurt the entire industry where the plagiarism occurs?

Specifically, we will be discussing the podcasting industry.

Let’s look at the music industry first. For any music fan, it comes as no surprise that plagiarism lawsuits in the music industry have accelerated over the last decade.

Recent music plagiarism lawsuits include Robin Thicke and his hit single, “Blurred Lines.” Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay five million dollars in 2018 for plagiarising Marvin Gaye. By contrast, in 2016, Led Zepplein won a long-running plagiarism claim against its mega-hit Stairway To Heaven.

Presently, Taylor Swift will stand trial for a jury over allegations that some of her song lyrics Shake It Off was copied from another song. The first lawsuit in 2018 was dismissed, but now after the appeal is received, the trial will start again. The key here is that Swift used several common phrases popular in culture that are the crux of the lawsuit.

Right now, Dua Lipa is battling two lawsuits about her hit single Levitating. A common theme has developed in this — and other — cases whereby the chord progressions are similar to those used by thousands of…

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Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”