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BRIAN MCBREARTY : FORENSIC MUSICOLOGY SERVICES

Services : Forensic Musicology

MUSICOLOGIST REPORTS, COMPARISON AND ANALYSIS
 

A forensic musicologist report is a detailed analysis and comparison that may substantiate or disclaim an inference that one musical work may have been copied from and infringes upon another. This service has become as common as a preventative step as a litigation-related one.

Other litigation-related services include preliminary analysis and comparison (with or without a full musicologists report), evaluation and rebuttal of other musicological opinions and findings, deposition and trial preparation, creation of supporting visual and audio materials, and expert witness appearances along with presentations designed to illuminate musical truths to non-musical judges and juries.

PREVENTATIVE MUSICOLOGY SERVICES AND MUSICOLOGIST REPORTS
 

Preventative musicology preemptively addresses concerns around originality and similarity to preexisting works and assesses the risk that an allegation of copying or copyright infringement claim could result. This is particularly appropriate and now common in advertising or other media where music is set to picture. "Preventative forensic musicology" concerns general risks, avoiding actual claims and broader client risk associated with perception, mistaken observations, and spurious claims. When concerning issues arise, Brian works with clients and composers to modify compositions and mitigate that risk.

FORENSIC AUDIO ANALYSIS

Forensic audio analysis services include authenticating or otherwise determining if an audio production includes or is derived from a sample taken from another source, with or without permission or license. Through the combination of expertise, leading-edge technology, database and prior art research, expert analysis can determine if two audio selections employ identical source material. Sometimes this is referred to as sample detection.

FORENSIC MUSIC ANALYSIS AND EXPERT WITNESS

Forensic musicology services help legal professionals, media companies, advertising and creative agencies, music supervisors, songwriters, and composers analyze and understand music in legal cases. Expert analysis on matters such as music plagiarism, copyright infringement, and music identification. Years of experience and expertise in analyzing music and providing unbiased expert opinions. 

Forensic musicologists serve as expert witnesses in music-related legal cases, providing unbiased and expert testimony on matters such as music plagiarism, originality, implied access, copyright infringement thresholds, prior art, music production technology and sampling.

MUSICOLOGIST 
CONSULTING

Often the need arises for a quick opinion, general counseling, overview, explore the hypotheticals, or other simpler engagements. Brian is happy to contribute, opine prelitigation and provide a simpler and more affordable alternative to a full engagement or a complete musicologists report. Quick calls always welcome.

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