Influence Or Musical Copy Cat?

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I recently read an an online article about an artist that I really enjoy listening  to and many recording artist I know have been  inspired by him.  The artist which whom I speak of is non other than the multi talented  Bruno Mars. He disclosed in an interview that his platinum chart topping song “Treasure” was inspired by a song titled “Baby I’m Yours” by the French born DJ Producer known as  Breakbot. If Mars had never revealed the artist, song and inspiration to what lead to “Treasure”, I probably would have not  discovered the artist Break Bot who is now one of my favorite Euro-Electro Disco artist that I am definitely a fan of.

 Below Is a list of songs  that are definitely influenced by other artist, some of which that even crossed the line and ended up in litigation. My thought is that we all draw inspiration from the works of others but, passing said work off as our own is definitely where the line is crossed. What are your thoughts?

 “Treasure “  Bruno Mars influenced by  Breakbot  “Baby I’m Yours”

  “Start” The Jam influenced by The Beatles “Tax Man”

 “All or Nothing” Mili Vanilli Blood Sweat &Tears  “Spinning Wheel”

 “Hello I love you” The Doors influenced by The Kinks “All Day and all of  the night”

“Ghost Busters” Ray Parker Jr.  Influenced by Huey Lewis and the News “ I Want a New Drug”

 “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke influenced by  Marvin Gaye “Got to Give it Up”

 “Back In Stride” Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly influenced by  L.T.D  “Back in Love Again”

 “My Sweet Lord” George Harrison influenced by  The Chiffons “He’s So Fine”

 “What You Know” T.I  influenced by  Jimmy Hendrix  “Hey Joe”

 “Blinded By The light” Manfred Mann influenced by  Euphemia Allen  “Chop Sticks”

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