22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes available 

While the music industry rightly celebrates artists for innovation, the DNA of popular music has always been based on certain recognized tropes and formulas. But if there ever was a time when imitation would have been seen as a form of flattery, this no longer rings true in the industry today. Copyright disputes, in some cases involving decades-old material, can be complicated by multiple different owners and rights holders.

Source: “22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes available” – pursuing a copyright claim in the music industry today (Guest column) – Music Ally

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