Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic" is based on Chopin's Prelude in C minor, Op.28, No.20. But nobody accuses Manilow of plagiarism.
How old does a song have to be before it's "ok" to "rip it off"? George Harrison got sued for "My Sweet Lord" because of its similarity to "He's So Fine"--probably because they were produced within a few decades of each other. But if you listen to those songs, do you really think they are the same song? What nonsense, what drivel--sharing a bar or two is something that composers do.
Could it be...and I hesitate to suggest this revolutionary concept...but could it be that the law of copyright has absolutely nothing to do with art, and its worthiness? Could it be actually a massive distraction from the creation of human culture?
But how can we make art without lawyers?
God knows when I sit down to write this blog, my first thought is always that I should consult a lawyer before uttering truths (at least as I see it).
But of course, since I'm not getting paid for this work, there is no way it can possibly exist.
In fact, all the blogs on the internet do not exist, obviously, since they are not created under any kind of contract, have no distribution contracts in place, and anybody can just go download them at any time!