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The Overview podcast: are plagiarism rows threatening the future of music?

A growing number of chart-toppers have been accused of copying other artists’ work

In each episode of The Overview, The Week examines one story from the headlines, looking back through history to explain how we got to the current situation – and predicting what will happen next.

With contributions from The Week’s team and insights from leading specialists in our topics, the podcast is a concise exploration of the debates and questions shaping the news agenda of today and the future.

In this week’s episode:

Artists have always drawn inspiration from each other’s work, but music stars have faced a deluge of plagiarism claims in recent years, with household names including Ed Sheeran facing legal action.

So is music copyright fit for purpose in the age of streaming? Could the latest legal battles open the floodgates to more lawsuits? And is AI changing how music is written?

Presented by Julia O'Driscoll, with platinum-selling songwriter and record producer Crispin Hunt, legal expert and author Hayleigh Bosher, a senior lecturer in intellectual property law at Brunel University, and musician and composer (and podcast producer) Rich Jarman.

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