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01:51:33 PM May 28th 2012
Does anyone know roughly how far you can go with making two songs similar before it's considered copyright infringement? (In court, at least)
03:20:10 AM Jan 14th 2017
I think the distinction between "suspiciously similar" and "the same" should be made clear too. Is "suspiciously similar" where a piece of music is intended to evoke another work, or where a song has literally been used and not copied exactly?
04:25:30 PM Jun 8th 2011
Does anyone find Jimmy Hart versions of songs jarring to listen to? To this troper, they're basically the musical equivalent of Uncanny Valley, or at the very least, like an off-key rendition of the song that they're a Jimmy Hart of.
01:47:34 AM Jun 11th 2011
YES. You are not alone in this, the cognitive dissonance can be headache-inducing to this troper as well.
08:31:31 AM Jun 13th 2011
I don't know which is worse either, if it's a Jimmy Hart of a song you like, or of a song you don't like. The best examples I can think of for both are these two sketches from Robot Chicken (which is one of my favorite shows despite being a big offender of this trope). For songs I like, there's the sketch where Spawn engages in a fiddle duel with some demon (I don't read Spawn, so I don't know any character names), the song being a Jimmy Hart of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". For songs I don't like, there's that sketch with King Arthur and his knights were getting advice from Sir Mixalot that they need to make their table round to the tune of an off-key "Baby got Back".
06:22:51 AM Mar 26th 2011
It's called Megatracks (or maybe Megatrax, I forget). When I was in TV, we had like, 100 C Ds full of Megatracks. If you wanted AC/DC, there was an AC/DC soundalike. If you wanted Hendrix, there was Hendrix-esque. So on and so forth.
04:02:32 PM Jan 23rd 2011
What is THE best soundtrack ever heard in a Zelda game? An early trailer of Twilight Princess featured a pastiche of Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian. It's the definition of this trope, it's Conan, with a few changed notes.
08:30:11 PM Apr 15th 2010
Interesting note, but this trope is about music, not lyrics:
  • In a bizarre case of Truth in Television, "change a word, take a third" (referring to the way writing royalties are calculated) meant that often changing a single word in the lyrics was enough to justify a writing credit, a proportion of the writing royalties, and a share of those for any covers that happen to include your word.
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