I’ve been following all the lawsuits alleging copyright infringement, song theft, and musical plagiarism for years now. Most of the current-day lawsuits are bogus (in my opinion) and represent a threat to the future of songwriting. But accusations of rip-offs have been going on for years.
Robert sent me a link to this 1943 short film (an Oscar winner, too) called Heavenly Music. It tells the story of a popular bandleader who shows up in heaven but is then interrogated by the biggest names in classical music who accuse him of stealing their stuff. It’s worth the watch.