BROKERS Robertson Taylor is offering a legal insurance policy covering up to u5m in legal fees and damages for songwriters involved in plagiarism claims. The firm's managing director John Silcock says: “There has been a rising tide of plagiarism cases and we were approached by a leading lawyer for the music industry to set up this policy.” Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber recently won a court victory against a US composer who he alleged had used a tune of his in The Phantom of the Opera, and the Spice Girls pay 16 per cent royalties from Spice track “U Can't Dance”, which was on their first album, to the owner of “It's Just begun” by 1970s band the Jimmy Castor Bunch, as a result of similarities between the tunes.

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