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The perception of similarity in court cases of melodic plagiarism and a review of measures of melodic similarity

Wolf, Anna and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2012. The perception of similarity in court cases of melodic plagiarism and a review of measures of melodic similarity. In: J Wewers and U Seifert, eds. Under Construction: Trans- and Interdisciplinary Routes in Music Research. Proceedings of SysMus11, Cologne 2011. Osnabrück Music, pp. 215-222. ISBN 978-3-940255-32-7 [Book Section]

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This study examines the perception of melodic similarity applied to cases of melodic plagiarism under a review of similarity measures. An implicit memory task was designed to test the extent of the participants’ confusabilityof two similar melodies. The participants were able to distinguish between such melodies involved in cases with and without actual copyright infringement. Many of the applied measures of similarity relate very well to the results of the implicit memory task and the court case decisions, such as a Tversky feature-based measure (r = 0.514) and a weighted Edit Distance (r =0.515) for the psychological data and certain Earth mover’s distance measures for the court decisions (AUC of .84).

Item Type: Book Section

Keywords:

Melodic similarity, melodic plagiarism, Tversky fea ture-based similarity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

10197

Date Deposited:

13 May 2014 13:33

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 10:16

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10197
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