forensic musicology



Forensic musicology is the practice of analyzing music to investigate whether part of a musical work or sound recording is copied an earlier one. It is used in music copyright infringement disputes to establish the extent of plagiarism, and in film, radio and TV to ensure that new music is not too derivative of older music. Two main methods are used – musical comparison with prior art research, and audio sample authentication. Forensic Musicologists are objective experts, whose role is to advise their clients on matters of music similarity, songwriters’ creative processes, and music’s cultural context.


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