I spend hours of my day approving songs, that have been inspired by (read stolen from) famous composers and songwriters throughout the world. It is an entire branch of the industry and it makes me feel very sick inside. I used to do it myself... I sometimes still need to do it, because the briefing for a scene demands me to stay as close to the reference track as possible. Composers upload collections of tracks to the database ... each track is built on a famous reference track of its genre ... be it Katy Perry, Zack Hemsey, Hans Zimmer, Kanye West... they calculate that these tracks are used very often as a reference track and therefore believe that rebuilding these tracks gives them a greater shot at a placement.
So where's the flaw in that logic? Is it ethically wrong? Is it morally wrong? Is there an entity in this world that demands originality from a musician? And by the way I'm not talking about being influenced or inspired by a style, I'm talking about downright stealing string and guitar riffs, including song structure, while changing juuuuust enough so that the lawyers stay away. I almost rejected a song today, because it was basically a copy and then decided to instead file it under "cover".
There's something fundamentally wrong with this and I can't really put my finger on it. It's almost as if our society built a musical Sodom and Gomorrah, where everything is OK, as long as it doesn't "suck". Something breaks my heart and I don't even know what it is. I wouldn't call it disillusioned, because I knew about this aspect of the industry beforehand. I'm not even surprised, I'm just ... empty. What a strange day.