Peter Oxendale, a onetime glam rocker (“We all have skeletons,” he says), is perhaps the world’s leading forensic musicologist, the person musicians call when they believe someone has ripped off their work. In a penthouse overlooking the English Channel, he analyzes songs, everything from pop hits to classical pieces, until he is sure there has been an infringement, or not.
Ed Sheeran, left, and Robin Thicke, right, have both been accused of copying aspects of musical work by Marvin Gaye, center. Credit From left: Chad Batka for The New York Times; Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archive, via Getty Images; Elizabeth Weinberg for The New York Times
So it’s a shame he clammed up recently when asked about today’s highest-profile copyright question: Did the British pop star Ed Sheeran steal from Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” for his own “Thinking Out Loud”? Full story
Alex Marshall (The New York Times) / October 11, 2016
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