Sometimes, as with Beck, a well-known or better-marketed artist is using lesser-known artists for purposes of novelty.
Is Creative Commons a safe license to use, or does it encourage this kind of theft?
I think CC is actually a solution, not part of the problem — and this illustrates that. But ready access to music online has led to a much more serious problem: digital plagiarism.
The best known case, of course, is the infamous 2007 Timbaland Controversy, in which Timbaland apparently stole musical elements from Finnish demoscene artist Tempest in the song Do It by Nelly Furtado.
Alex Mattson - Forget You Peter Luts - Lovin' U (Radio Edit) Attom feat.
Tam Cooper - Be Bold (Mathew Hayer Remix) Calvin Harris feat.
This video for 8-bit crew Crystal Castles’ “Courtship Dating” is basically deeply shadowed footage of Alice Glass singing and being angsty (biting her hoodie string, gnawing her finger, looking dark and bummed) with flashes of her multi-instrumental compatriot Ethan Kath rocking it. We’ve mentioned the Torontonians’ disorienting live-show strobe light, so if you’re susceptible to those sorts of Tony Conrad flickers, close your eyes while you listen.
"Courtship Dating" was the first single on the debut album by Ontario music group Crystal Castles.
The single was released on March 31, 2008 although the song had leaked in 2006.
According to vocalist Alice Glass, the song "is about human taxidermy, the idea of preserving the beauty of a lover the way you would an animal".
"Courtship Dating" was received positively by critics, with NME describing it as "synth-pop filled up with muted screams, jerking bass and sparking circuit boards" and "the best piece of humanity-loathing cyborg pop since The Knife's Silent Shout".
As using sounds produced on unusual 8-bit systems and game consoles grows in popularity, some artists are appropriating the music as their own.