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The 'Blurred Lines' between inspiration and theft

The 'Blurred Lines' between inspiration and theft

A songwriter hoping to pen a hit has some decisions to make: ballad or up-tempo? Rock riff or dance beat? More specifically, go for a Michael Jackson sound or how about a White Stripes vibe? Musicians aren't the only ones who seek inspiration from others as they create: Art historians explain that painter Edouard Manet was channeling the 16th-century master Titian for "Olympia," his 1863 portrait of a reclining nude. Back here in the 21st century, music producer Pharrell Williams was in the studio writing for singer Robin Thicke and going for, he later said, a "late-'70s feeling" when he conjured up 2013's "Blurred Lines." It's a catchy...

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