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Timbaland: Sampling vs Plagirism

Posted in industry, music, music video, opinions, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Sunday, June 22, 2008

Timbaland’s plagiarism controversy occurred in January 2007, when several news sources reported that Timbaland (Timothy Z. Mosley) was alleged to have plagiarized several elements (both motifs and samples) in the song “Do It” on the 2006 album Loose by Nelly Furtado without giving credit or compensation.[1][2][3] The song itself was released as the fifth North American single from Loose on July 24, 2007.

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Timbaland vs Tempest & GRG

Very short summary: The commercial pop piece “Do It” by Tim “Timbaland” Mosley for Nelly Furtado supposedly has its origins in the tracker module “Acidjazzed Evening” by the Finnish C64/Amiga demoscener Janne “Tempest” Suni. See Wikipedia for a more detailed summary. Or perhaps this YouTube video if you just want to hear the similarities between all the related songs.

Note: This is just a list of links somehow related to the fuss. Some information presented as factual may actually be speculation or just plain wrong (even if repeated in multiple sources).


Kanye West – Stronger (Creative process featuring Timbaland revisited)

Posted in entertainment, prominent persons, technology by questionabletopic on Sunday, June 22, 2008

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the best quotation:

Joe Sax 6 months ago

Creativity ? For god’s sake. They just added some random lyrics and a drumtrack over a Daft Punk track that was already good. Timbaland has never been original. Even his name is not original. He samples and steals from everybody else, so i certainly can’t see where the creativity is.

And the video is not original, either. It borrows a lot from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.

I know what i’m going to do next: i’ll rap over a Cassius track and i’ll make a video stealing from Dragon Ball Z. I’ll be a millionaire and then the n00bs will talk in the forums about “my” creativity.

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