In defense of musical ripoffs

Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Much of the evolution of music is driven by people making tiny tweaks as they slavishly copy each other. A pop world without any plagiarism would be barren indeed. This is most obvious when it comes to musical patterns that have been around too long for anyone to hold a copyright on them. (If someone actually owned the I-IV-V blues progression, he could buy Bill Gates with enough left over to make a down payment on the Moon.)” (01/12/18)

  • JdL

    If someone actually owned the I-IV-V blues progression,…

    This statement would have more punch if a I-IV-V sequence were actually found in the blues chord progression, but it’s not, as the link from the article itself spells out in detail.