Tag Archives: Forensic Musicology

Survivor Guitarist Sues Mike Huckabee Over ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Use

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is facing a lawsuit stemming from a September rally where the former Arkansas governor used Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” without permission. Survivor’s Frankie Sullivan, who co-wrote the 1982 single, is suing Huckabee for unspecified … Continue reading

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Copyright in Lyrics: The Case of Taylor Swift

There was an article in The Guardian today that discusses the $42m lawsuit against Taylor Swift by Jesse Graham. Firstly, before we start – here are the videos of the two tracks in question – Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday – the worlds most popular song is not under copyright according to lawsuit | Music | The Guardian

A recent article in the Guardian reports that the song Happy Birthday has ran out of copyright without the publishers realising! This means that Warner Chapel have some compensation to pay! Copyright expires anyway in the EU – meaning we … Continue reading

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Songwriting and Grief: Creative Unifying Principles

I was thinking this week about Sting’s creative process when writing both Nothing Like The Sun and The Soul Cages. It is well documented how Nothing Like the Sun was written during a time when Sting’s mother died from cancer, … Continue reading

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The History of Acid Jazz: Part 2

I was involved in an interesting discussion last week for Loose Goose Radio on the history of Acid Jazz. I got the opportunity to reflect on my time in the James Taylor Quartet and how without even realising it – … Continue reading

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