Can any piece of music be one-hundred-per-cent original? (Discuss)

The latest ruling by an American judge means that the book appears to have finally closed for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, in their efforts to overturn March’s ruling that they had plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” in their composition of the Summer 2013 international smash hit “Blurred Lines”. There will be no re-trial, despite Thicke and Williams’s determination to appeal – though the judge, John A Kronstadt, did agree to reduce the amount of …

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Raymond McCartney: “There is no-one trying to pretend…”

On yesterday’s BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback, Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney was adamant that he was the author of an opinion piece which appeared, in his name, in the Derry Journal on 19th July.  An opinion piece which re-appeared, word for word, in the Fermanagh Herald on the 20 July, as a letter to the editor from Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew, MP, MLA, and in the Mourne Observer on the 27 July, as a letter to the editor from Sinn Féin’s Willie Clarke, …

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