Marcus & Martinus slår tillbaka mot anklagelser om plagiat

Marcus & Martinus’ winning song “Unforgettable” is accused of plagiarism.

Now, the winners of Melodifestivalen strike back against the claim.

“I believe there have been worse cases of plagiarism in Eurovision before,” says Marcus Gunnarsen in TV4’s “Efter fem.”

Could Sweden’s Melodifestivalen winning song be a plagiarism?

Many on social media have reacted to the similarities between Marcus & Martinus’ song “Unforgettable” and the British band Faithless’ song “Salva Mea.”

Several of Aftonbladet’s readers have also pointed out how similar the two songs are.

Now, the Norwegian twin duo defend themselves and respond to the plagiarism accusations.

“Worse Plagiarism Has Happened in Eurovision.”

During an  interview on TV4’s “Efter fem”, they are played the Faithless song and admit that there are similarities.

“It’s probably the four notes that are similar, and there are four chords in every other song worldwide. It’s the same sound that makes you think it’s similar,” says Martinus Gunnarsen.

However, he does not think that the Melodifestivalen winner’s lyrics or melody are similar to the band’s song.

“It’s almost impossible to make music that doesn’t sound like something else when we have created so much music. I believe there have been worse cases of plagiarism in Eurovision before,” says Marcus Gunnarsen.

Aftonbladet has contacted Faithless and Marcus & Martinus for comments.

Expert Opinion: “Doubtful”.

Kathrine Bergström is a lawyer at the law firm Advokatbolaget specializing in music law. Aftonbladet asked the expert to compare the two songs.

“Despite identity in key, melody loop, and rhythm in the melody loop, I am doubtful if the original melody loop, consisting of the first five notes in a minor scale, is sufficiently original to achieve artistic merit and thereby protection. I do not believe this would be considered a copyright infringement if it went to court,” she says.

But what actually determines if something is plagiarized and where is the line drawn?

“For something to be a copyright plagiarism, there must be an original song that is protected. The scope of protection of a song depends on its originality. The more imaginative a song is, the broader protection it has. For plagiarism to be present, the copied part must be copyright-relevant. That is, protected by copyright,” she explains.

Bergström states that plagiarism accusations must be assessed on a case-by-case basis and that it is easier to specify what is not original in a song than vice versa.

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