Has every song already been written? Maybe.

Still, there’s no denying that similarities pop up on a regular basis. This is the thrust behind what I call “unfortunate sonic coincidences,” occasions where two songs seem to sound alike but actually feature pronounced differences. There’s bound to be cases of inadvertent repetition and independent discovery of certain arrangements and melodies. And when things finally do get to court, the procedures and rules of evidence aren’t exactly what you thought they might be. This video (via Walter) explains a lot. And not everything in a song is protected from being copied by someone else. There are only so many pleasing ways we can combine the notes of our 12-tone scale. Most of the time. What a ripoff!”
Hang on. Not a week goes by without an email that goes something like this: “Don’t you think that [insert name of new song here] sounds just like [name of old song]? Then we have cases where there’s no doubt that a call has to be made to the lawyers. It’s not that simple.
Has every song already been written? Maybe.