#1
You are writing a song.
You don't have lyrics yet, but you have a melody that you really like.
You play it to a friend.
He/she says it sounds exactly like a song that you've never heard, but is very popular in another country. They show it to you on youtube to prove it. It sounds identical.

Do you finish the song, or do you abandon it since it's already been done?
#2
Doesn't matter has melody.
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#3
It has happened to me. I finish the song. My song was however a song a band that we are good friends with wrote that my mate love that I have heard very very little from.

But my piece of music is instrumental and follows the same piano line when it comes to high notes as this particular song. I don't care really. I've taken bits from music here and there before. Both lyrics, melodies and names on songs etc.
I do it as a tribute and with respect to my favourite artists. Not because I'm a thief.
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#6
Change it slightly & continue
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#11
I remember writing a song that has had the same riff as the intro of Metallica's Fade To Black. At that time I have never heard the song or any Metallica so when I got the Black album and got to Fade To Black I was like ****... A random riff I wrote that was created by Kirk Hammett 23 years earlier. I was liking the riff that time but thinking back it actually sucks...
#12
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OT: Abandon it. If it's too similar, there's less artistic merit, and less of a point to finishing. I'd just feel shoddy about going through with it afterwards.
#13
Any way of uploading it here and people can have a listen to it? Is it awfully similiar or just one friend who thought it sounded like that?

Don't give it up.
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#14
It happens.
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I remember writing a song that has had the same riff as the intro of Metallica's Fade To Black. At that time I have never heard the song or any Metallica so when I got the Black album and got to Fade To Black I was like ****... A random riff I wrote that was created by Kirk Hammett 23 years earlier. I was liking the riff that time but thinking back it actually sucks...


Fade To Black is on Ride the Lightning.

OT I'd say keep it as long as the rest of the song doesn't follow the song you're "ripping off" too much.
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#16
I did that once. Only i discovered that it sounded completely identical to Lay It Down by Ratt.

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#17
I remember "coming up with" the riff to Burn by Deep Purple, but in a different key.
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#19
So what? Keep it, the arrangement and mood of the piece is what defines the song. Or try playing the same melody over different chords.
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#22
Harmonize it?
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#23
That happens to me more than I wish it would, but through all of them, I've come to appreciate the fact that I come up with stuff that is "good" since it's the same as something already established and liked by me...unless you go overboard, the similarities will probably be lost within the larger amount of differences.
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#25
I come up with a lot of ideas so i can choose to discard the rip offs

It just takes me months to finish songs
#26
I would mix it up a bit. Change the rhythm and speed. Plus I would add some extra parts so it wouldn't sound the same.
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#27
Watch out. Cat Stevens, er, Yusaf Islam might sue you for plagirism even though your song sounds nothing like his and there's at least a dozen different songs that sound exactly like the Cat Stevens song in question.
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#30
If it's identical, there's no point finishing it. It's already been written and played, the only point in playing it yourself would be to stubbornly claim it for yourself.

If it's just a bit remeniscent though, as most of these things are, and similar ideas are being used for different reasons, keep it.
#31
Keep writing dude! Maybe you could change the key that its in, change the way you accent it, if you're putting drums to it make them different, come up with some other cool riffs for a verse/ chorus and walla, will sound completely different
#32
Thought back to an article I read re: Cigarettes & Alcohol - Oasis

As Noel Gallagher tells it, when he brought the song to their rehearsal space in a Manchester basement, the band’s rhythm guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs immediately objected to the riff. As Noel played the opening chords, Bonehead interjected with, “whoa, whoa, you can’t use that riff, that’s ****ing T.Rex.” to which Noel replied, “I don’t give a **** who it is, no one’s gonna hear it anyway”. Apparently the bands who shared the rehearsal space with Oasis weren’t too impressed either. The band arrived one day to find a note with the words, “write your own ****ing riffs!” taped to the door.

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Pfft, I'd like to see Sunn O))) do a drone song with a didgeridoo run through a distortion pedal.

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#36
I've done it with loads. Crazy train by ozzy and holding my own by the darkness to name 2.
I changed the crazy train riff into something similar that sounds completely different and ditched the holding my own sounding thing.