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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / How small does a similarity have to be to not have copyright issues (six notes here)?

Dadical
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Dec 30th, 2013 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just wrote a theme and realized six notes in the melodic walk up match a pop song from 1970. It was never a big hit, but once it hit my ear it was evident to me.

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Dec 30th, 2013 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is there really a guideline? There are six notes and then there are six notes. Tempo, key and phrasing probably have more to do with it being an issue than the actual notes. Oh, and the success of your song. If it's truly an issue for you, can you tweak a note or two?

I hate when that happens, btw.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 04:45 PM, Dec 30th, 2013)

Dadical
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Dec 31st, 2013 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The verses are completely different as are the bridges. It's just a chromatic walk up in the chorus that is dependent on a back step.

I transposed the old song into the same key, C in this case. The original does the sequence then resolves to a C in an Am chord. My theme resolves to an A in F^7.

The entire sequence is half of a phrase but now I can't get the old song out of my head.

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