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Eurovision Song Copy Scandal
Posted By Frank Pasquale On February 18, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In Culture,Intellectual Property | 4 Comments
Germany is abuzz over accusations that its 2013 Eurovision nominee, Cascada, copied the song of 2012′s winner, Loreen. (Cascada’s Glorious  is here; Loreen’s Euphoria  is here.) Here’s Der Spiegel’s  report:
Phonetician Tina John confirmed the plagiarism claims. “‘Glorious’ is a copy of ‘Euphoria’ with subtle stylistic differences,” she said. In terms of beat, vocals and pauses, the songs are very similar. “The vocals at the start are completely identical,” she adds. “The refrain uses the same emphasis and works up to a climax in an identical way. The singer even uses the same breathing style.”
I don’t know the European case law on proving copying , but it seems to me that the motivation of Cascada’s critics here may be less about giving full credit to Loreen’s genius than it is to discredit an entire genre of music. The homeland of Bach , Beethoven, and Brahms has always had an uneasy relationship with Europop. (For example, despite her Eurovision victory in 2010, I don’t expect Lena  to be welcomed to Walhalla  any time soon.) Just as rock purists pounced on Nickelback’s “self plagiarism,”  the guardians of Teutonic high culture seem eager to banish Cascada from the firmament of musical stars.
X-Posted: Madisonian .
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URLs in this post:
 Glorious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulIvl1AJ160
 Euphoria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80
 Der Spiegel’s: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/critics-claim-german-eurovision-entry-is-a-rip-off-a-884017.html
 proving copying: http://www.interactivecasebook.com/images/BrauneisSample.pdf
 Bach: http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2006/05/is_bach_better_.html
 Lena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmOeISUYXuI
 Walhalla: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhalla_memorial
 Nickelback’s “self plagiarism,”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4258547
 Madisonian: http://madisonian.net/2013/02/18/eurovision-song-copy-scandal/
 : http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/oct/10/beyonce-dance-moves-new-video
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