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Frank Welsh


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Upstate New York, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2018 11:46 am     Reply with quote

Perhaps some member(s) can shed light on something that always puzzled me.

The song "Senza Perdono"("Without Forgiveness") was recorded in 1919 on Victor records by Neapolitan immigrant Nina de Charny:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh8V5jicGME

Santo & Johnny then recorded an instrumental version of this tune in the 1970's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTAFfQVE2CA

Then Italian pop stars Alessio and Stefania Lay recorded a completely different tune also called "Senza Perdono" in 2008:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HApg-7CIUiA

Does anyone know what gives here? Was this illegal or a rip off of the original song's title by Alessio and Stefania and whoever wrote the 2008 tune?
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 28 Mar 2018 12:08 pm     Reply with quote

If I understand you correctly, there is no legal issue.

You can't copyright a title.

There are hundreds of examples of 2 unrelated songs with the same title.

Thousands in fact:

http://www.amiright.com/music-trivia/same-title-different-song/

I can write a song called "Night Life" today and there's nothing Willie Nelson or anybody else can do about it.

It's another story if two songs have a lot in common, even though they may have different titles. That can get you into trouble.
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Frank Welsh


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Upstate New York, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2018 12:26 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. Still it's strange that Alessio would use a title that was probably already well-known in Italy and was even recorded in the '70's by Santo & Johnny who were quite popular there.

It's like the Rolling Stones recording a modern rock tune titled "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause."

Your response does clear the mystery up...I didn't know that titles are copyright protected.
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Frank Welsh


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Upstate New York, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2018 2:15 pm     Reply with quote

Your response does clear the mystery up...I didn't know that titles are copyright protected.[/quote]

I meant to say "not" protected.
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scott murray


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Asheville, NC
Post Posted 1 Apr 2018 11:49 am     Reply with quote

I've been playing Burt Bacharach's 'A House Is Not A Home' on C6 lately. trying to figure out a way to connect it with the Roger Miller song of the same name.
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 7:54 am     Reply with quote

Thematically the songs are similar, but Bacharach's song was released three years prior to Millers which was actually titled, "When your house is not a home." Two iconic songwriters for sure, but IMO these two songs are like the proverbial "apples and oranges." Good luck.
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Bill Cunningham


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Atlanta, Ga. USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 4:15 pm     Reply with quote

scott murray wrote:
I've been playing Burt Bacharach's 'A House Is Not A Home' on C6 lately. trying to figure out a way to connect it with the Roger Miller song of the same name.


Here's a challenge for you, Scott, after you figure that one out. Mash up the Jazz standard "Body and Soul" with the bluegrass standard by the same name. Shocked Shocked Laughing Laughing
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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 7 May 2018 6:53 pm     Reply with quote

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, & Grand Funk Railroad all have different songs called "Heartbreaker".
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scott murray


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Post Posted 8 May 2018 10:47 pm     Reply with quote

and The Bee Gees! also recorded by Dionne Warwick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJule_2mx3I
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 9 May 2018 2:32 am     Reply with quote

and Gene Pitney.
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