Every Melody Possible Is On A Hard Drive And You Can Download It!

YouTuber Adam Neely posted a great video where he sits down with Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin about their project to copyright every possible melody (!). They used a computer to “brute force” every possible melody to make a point to the world of copyright infringement. From a law perspective this project was created to help protect artists or at least change the public perception of what constitutes music copyright infringement. You can download their project with every melody variation at http://allthemusic.info

Here’s the Ted Talk called “Copyrighting all the melodies to avoid accidental infringement | Damien Riehl | TEDxMinneapolis”

“In the litany of copyright infringement lawsuits, technology lawyer and musician Damien Riehl demonstrates that music is merely math, and has a finite number of possible melodies. If you’ve ever thought a song you like sounded similar to another, the culprit may not be an unethical forger, but rather the limited mathematical musical equations that our favorite artists have to work with. Current copyright law is at risk of severely limiting future music creation and future human creativity. This talk suggests a new way to handle these legal cases. Damien Riehl is a technology lawyer with a B.S. in music. After beginning to code in 1985, and for the web in 1995, he has worked for the chief judges of state and federal courts; litigated for a decade; taught law-school copyright classes; and led teams in software development, digital forensics, proactive cybersecurity, reactive cybersecurity incidents, and world-scale investigations. Damien’s combined experience in the law, technology, and music has inspired his most recent project—copyrighting billions of unique melodies. “

Interesting!! What do you think??!!

UPDATE: 02-24-2020

Turns our Damien used this site for some of his research 🙂

Justin Bieber vs. Asher Monroe

Justin Bieber ripped off Asher Monroe

UPDATE: 2/24/2020 Check out this post where it is revealed both artists used the same royalty-free track!

Justin Bieber used a royalty-free sample on his new album (and so did Asher Monroe)


It’s sometimes baffling how an artist as big as Justin Bieber could release a track that has such striking similarities to another popular artist. Shortly after Bieber released his latest album “Changes” folks on twitter noticed the similarity between Bieber’s “Running Over” and Asher Monroe‘s 2019 track “Synergy”. There doesn’t seem to be much question here. The question I have is how can something as blatant as this happen?

Here are clips of both tracks if you want to flip back and forth:


Monroe responded on his Instagram as well:


Don’t forget that there are entire teams of writers and producers behind most big pop artists these days. So these guys should be on the hook as well:

“Justin Bieber – Running Over (feat. Lil Dicky)”
Justin Bieber
David Burd
Robin Weisse
J. Boyd
Dominic Jordan
Jimmy Giannos
Joshua Mbewe

Poo Bear
The Audibles

See also:

Justin Bieber Sued for “Sorry”

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran vs. Elvis Presley

Justin Bieber vs. September


Ariana Grande sued for “7 Rings”

When I first heard Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” (2019) I couldn’t believe that the intro vocal melody was directly pulled from  the 1959 song “My Favorite Things” from the musical “The Sound of Music”. Turns out original composers Rodgers and Hammerstein were in fact credited on Grande’s track.

But it seems like Grande’s chorus hook is what’s really in question. Josh Stone recorded a track called “You Need It I Got It” in (2017?). He has since sued Grande.

In a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on Thursday, an artist called Josh Stone, aka DOT, claims that he shopped his own song You Need It, I Got It around in 2017.

One of the execs he claims to have played the song to was producer and Ariana Grande collaborator Tommy Brown.

Stone alleges that the hook in 7 Rings, which is: I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, was copied from the hook in his song, which goes: You need it, I got it. You want it, I got it.

The lawsuit, which names Universal Music Corp and several others claims that “literally, every single one of the 39 respective notes of 7 Rings is identical with the 39 notes of I Got It from a metrical placement perspective”.

The lawsuit filed against Ariana Grande last week follows various other high profile copyright infringement lawsuits in the music industry in recent months. -Music Business Worldwide


on Youtube:

Josh Stone – “You Need It I Go it”(2017)

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (2019)

“My Favorite Things” (1959)

See Also

Soulja Boy vs. Ariana Grande

Battle of the Saxes (Ariana Grande vs. Jason Derulo vs. Macklemore vs. Wild Sugar)