Instead of claiming all the music as their private property, the pair released a complete catalog of their tunes in the public domain, in the hope that it would end copyright lawsuits. New music is no longer a thing, thanks to a pair of lawyers who constructed an algorithm to write every single musical melody that can possibly subsist.
Lawyer, musician, and programmer Damien Rihel came up with the idea that all singers-songwriters are basically carrying a “melodic minefield” because only a limited number of melodies are available here. With each new song composed, the chances of creating something truly unique decrease, and the chances of
creating a melody already recorded by someone else increases.
In another example, Radiohead was forced to name a group called Holly as co-authors of their song Creep, which apparently found a melody that was later revealed in a song from the band. Rehle shows numerous such cases, revealing how George Harrison was found guilty of subconsciously violating his song after my Sweet Lord concert, which was thought to be very similar to a track called Chiffons He So So Fine.
In a recent Tedex talk, Rihel explained that it wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the ridiculous nature of copyright laws, which says that a piece of music becomes copyrighted the moment it is recorded. Worse, it is possible to sue for “subconscious breach” by which an artist may have to make a settlement to another artist even if they claim they have been accused of copying that the song was never heard.
A total of 68 billion tunes have been created which are now all available at all the music info. The algorithm uses the same “brute force” technique that hackers use to create the combination of each character needed when trying to steal a password. To try and finish cases like this, Rehl was able to create an algorithm with Noah Rubin to create a melody of each 12-note that has ever been written or can be written, using an octave of musical notes.
The pair argues that their algorithm highlights how the music melodies are arranged in a specific order and since the numbers cannot be copyrighted; the music should also not be restricted by the infringement law. No song is new. Noah Noah and I finished the data set, “Rihel explained. “Noah and I have enabled all musicians to enable future lyricists to create all their music”.