by Jacob Millan
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February 2nd, 2019

Music plagiarism is specifically

meant by using the music, or tone or applying a very close tone or using the imitation of music of any other composer or author. This is not regarded as plagiarism until it is presented in one’s own original music work. There are different aspects and facets of plagiarism. Mainly, plagiarism in music occurs in two contexts that include; taking the melody or motif of the music, and another kind of plagiarism occurs when sampling is done in music.

This means that a part of a sound

recording or a song is taken as it is and is added in one’s song. This kind of reuse is highly discouraged because it is the most deliberate form of music plagiarism. Any specific sample or form of music which is following the specifically designed musical sales is limited in use. This is because it is defined by the specific number of notes in music.

This is specifically notable by those people who have got the knowledge of musical notes and ups and downs of the pitch of the music. Usually smaller numbers of notes are used in the music sample in Western areas.

Although the different musical genres

are coexisting and have a little or larger extent of similarity, yet there are some distinct points of similarity in them. On these points of differences and similarities, the extent and kind of plagiarism occurring in music are developed. This is also a widely accepted fact that there exists a certain kind of similarity in different music genres, whether these are of the notes or rhythms or pitches.

In addition to this,

all the different forms of music include certain kind of patterns which are surely different from one another. If the patterns of music samples of even the same genres are matching with any other sample, this is regarded as the music plagiarism. There are several music pieces and samples in which the plagiarism can be found to be existing, and there are more than one tones and samples to which this similarity can be found.

Sometimes the plagiarism

is found in the different music samples deliberately while in some other cases there may be accidental or unconscious plagiarism existing in music. In these cases, the composer may not be aware of the fact that there is some similarity in his music to any other one. This kind of plagiarism is allowed because the amount and extent of the accidental plagiarism are not much. There are certain laws and regulations which require the provision of proper and solid proof of music plagiarism. Only then the proceedings can be brought forward.

It is required by the person

who is accusing to provide the complete and solid proof of the music which has been stolen from the original work? Only then it can be proved and negotiated that whether the accusation was right or not. Usually, it is very difficult to find the exact similarity, but if it truly exists, then it falls in the case of music plagiarism.