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Thread #166122   Message #3992212
Posted By: John P
13-May-19 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: plagiarism dilemma
Subject: RE: plagiarism dilemma
It might be a kindness to hear that he quoted an existing song from a friend rather than from a heckler. You can ask him if he knows how much the opening of his song sounds like another without accusing him of plagiarism. It happens a lot, both consciously and unconsciously. There are, after all, only so many notes and chords. I've written a song that I later heard part of in another song, without any possibility of me and the other writer having cross-fertilized our melodies.

Maybe there's an interesting medley in the making.