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Free-for-all melody database should be music to the ears of songwriters

Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin generated and saved every possible tune ever made to a hard drive

Damien Riehl: ‘Noah wrote an app that could record and write 300,000 melodies per second to disk’

Whether you like Ed Sheeran’s music or not, it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him as a songwriter. He’s hugely successful but seems to have attracted more than his fair share of legal problems.

In 2017 he settled a claim out of court that his song Photograph was a copy of a song by X Factor singer Matt Cardle. In 2018 he was accused of copying Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On in his song Thinking Out Loud. The case was dismissed without prejudice.