Every possible melody has been copyrighted, stored on one hard drive

This week’s Hypebot Flashback Friday resurfaces a perennial Hypebot favorite about a unique effort to combat dubious song copyright lawsuits. It shares the work of a team of musicians that tried to record every possible melody onto a single hard drive and put them in the public domain.

Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0

Songwriters are super cautious these days since plagiarism lawsuits are flying, and the winner in court is usually the one you’d least suspect. One of the reasons why it’s so tough to defend a copyright lawsuit is because the court now considers a melody just a sequence of pitches, so Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin developed a program that recorded every possible melody (all 68.7 billion of them) via MIDI to a hard drive, but not for the reasons that you might think.


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