Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Copyright: Harrison vs Mack

Unfortunately, I couldn't link through to the benedict.com website - it seems like it might have gone down for a brief period - but I managed to find the songs on last.fm and have made my decision as to whether George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" ripped off "He's So Fine" by Ronald Mack/The Chiffons.

MY VERDICT: Not guilty.

Sure there were similarities in the melody and tempo of the song, but the treatment of the harmonies, the use of different instruments and completely different lyrics make me think this was an accidental coincidence. After all, there are only so many notes in a musical scale, and only so many ways of putting them together.

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