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Commentary: Smaller Space for Innovation Leads to More Infringement Suits

Pop musicians may be running out of creative space. And this problem is being exacerbated by the behaviors of what we might call the “legacy” interests — parties who own copyright interests in already-created songs but who won’t be making any new music.

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Sometimes it seems as if today’s musicians spend as much time defending themselves against copyright infringement lawsuits as they do writing new music. Reading about the infringement suits against Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and a host of others, one might be tempted to think that contemporary pop artists are just uncreative copycats.

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