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Tuesday, 22 November 2005


The Miami Herald reports that Madonna has been found guilty of copyright infringement in Belgium. A court in Mons found that Madonna had taken four bars of Salvatore Acquaviva’s Ma vie fout l'camp and used them in her song, Frozen. It is thought that Madonna must have heard Acquaviva’s song, released in 1979, during a visit to Mouscron, which is not far from Mons, in the late 1970s, when Madonna attempted to join a dance group. Madonna’s record label is now stopped from selling the album which features that song in Belgium and must publicise the court’s decision.

The IPKat doesn’t condone copyright infringement, but knows from experience that it’s very hard to distinguish in one’s mind between one’s original ideas and ideas that one has subconsciously copied, possibly from material that one was exposed to many years previously.

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