Can you copyright music of pi? Judge says no
A snapshot from Michael John Blake's "What Pi Sounds Like" video.
March 21st, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Can you copyright music of pi? Judge says no

Pi Day this year was special for Michael John Blake. On that day, March 14 (3/14, like the number 3.14), a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against his song, which is based on the number pi.

Let's back up: Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle. Its digits go on infinitely in an apparently random fashion: 3.1415926535897932 ...

And while this sounds preposterously geeky, multiple musicians have seen this as an opportunity to create songs based on these numbers. If you look at a piano and say that the musical note C is 1, D is 2, E is 3, and so on, you can create an interesting melody, and then add other elements to compose a full song with pi as the fundamental musical core.

Blake launched a musical video called "What Pi Sounds Like" based on this idea last year, quickly becoming a YouTube sensation. (The original was removed from YouTube, but New Scientist repackaged it.) But Lars Erickson had already created music based on pi decades before, called "The Pi Symphony." Erickson sued Blake, claiming that he had taken an idea that was already copyrighted.

Erickson also used the digits of pi (as well as the constant e) as the basis for the melody of his "Pi Symphony," which was performed by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra Chamber group and by Ruse Philharmonic of Bulgaria in 2010.

Erickson had alleged that Blake's pi song "sounded substantially similar," and therefore infringes the copyrighted melody that Erickson registered in 1992. He told CNN last year that "nobody can copyright pi," but that he "copyrighted the melody of pi to protect my work, just like anybody would copyright their work."

Judge Michael H. Simon, of the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, agreed with the plaintiff on the point about the number itself: "Pi is a non-copyrightable fact," Simon wrote in his legal opinion.

Still, Simon continued, "the transcription of pi to music is a non-copyrightable idea. The resulting pattern of notes is an expression that merges with the non-copyrightable idea of putting pi to music: assigning digits to musical notes and playing those notes in the sequence of pi is an idea that can only be expressed in a finite number of ways."

That doesn't mean Erickson's copyright is invalid, "only that Mr. Erickson may not use his copyright to stop others from employing this particular pattern of musical notes," Simon continued. Erickson's work is protected from "virtually identical" copying by others, but Blake's song is not sufficiently similar - for instance, its harmonies, structure and cadence are all different.

Erickson said in an e-mail to CNN on Tuesday that he would simply urge people to watch his video and Blake's video and draw their own conclusions.

"I wrote 'Pi Symphony' 20 years ago, I am thrilled to have presented it first," Erickson said. "It was my gift to the world, no strings attached. Life goes on."

Blake told CNN in an e-mail that he's happy and relieved about the outcome, but not entirely surprised.

"I have felt fairly confident of my legal position from the beginning, but to find out on Pi Day was a perfect end to all of this," he said.

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  2. nils

    this is a melody...just like rodgers and hammerstein copyrighting the major scale..or the jackson five copyrighting the alphabet...the judge doesn't understand the difference between a melody and a math constant....if you look at lars explanation and john michael blake version that came out a few months later....they are almost identical....any intelligent person viewing the two identical versions would come to the logical conclusion that blake stole lars idea

    March 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
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    March 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  4. Response to MonkeyBoy

    If you had an infinite number of monkeys, it would not take an infinite amount of time to reproduce the complete works of Shakespeare. In fact, an infinite number of those infinite monkeys would manage to bang it out on their very first attempt, along with every other possible combination of words.

    March 23, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Monkey Boy

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      March 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  5. Monkey Boy

    The infinite monkey theorem states that given enough time an infinite number of monkeys typing on typewriters, random strokes, they would reproduce works such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. While highly improbable, the chance of it happening is not zero, and might take longer then our universes complete existence. My question is, Would they get sued?

    March 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  6. Joe Fabone

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    March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • tyrone

      loser, do you feel as though your every mindless, thoughtless, yawn-inducing rant is the most creative, original, and intelligent utterance ever?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • Joe Fabone

        awwwww. Did I actually hurt your feelings, or is it just an aura of forbodding mmmmmmm? Consider this chilling challenge if you will. Did my mindless rant actually get your goat or did the violation of several copyrights kick it over the edge for you? Did my words hurt or offend you in any way or did you just choose to post a negative response due to you inability to find comedy where ever you can? Or if your responding just to respond and keep it interesting for all, then I can see it, but why violate the copyright as you see fit? Rocks, box, clocks, docks. Rocks in box, box on docks, clock on rock in box on dock. Look sir, look sir, I can write a whole bunch of stuff sir. I can say such silly stuff sir. But can, you can choose to say stuff too sir, if you can sir, please sir do sir.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  7. Joe Fabone

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    • tyrone

      man some people have a lot of time on their hands.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Joe Fabone

        And some people don't. In fact some are already gone. What does time or hands have to do with pi?

        March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  8. Joe Fabone

    I hear voices in my head that are plagiarizing my own thoughts. If that's not a true copyright violation, I'll eat myself. Then I can wrestle while I eat. I'm know as a really big burrito. I walk the malls with that stickered to my body. I also have my name tattooed underneath my eyelids for easy identification. I can't understand the relationship between sad and sadder, but there's a strong bet I fall into the category of dielectric tonic. I will open my mind to free myself of the thoughts that run widely through it. But if somebody copies them, I'll sue them for failure to transmit copies back to me. I understand completely, yet I'm forever banished into the prison of the unselfish seafood eaters. I'm allergic to pi. I will go inhale hexamethylhydride. I'm almost aluminum.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  9. Joe Fabone

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    March 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  10. Sheepleherder

    We looked and there's nothing there.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  11. Dave

    "I wrote 'Pi Symphony' 20 years ago, I am thrilled to have presented it first," Erickson said. "It was my gift to the world, no strings attached. Life goes on."

    ...only don't try to play it because he'll try and sue you.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  12. Joe Fabone

    I drank what?

    March 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Mark

      The immortal words of Socrates! What do I win? Or did I just violate the copyright of Real Genius by quoting it?

      March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  13. Joe Fabone

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    March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
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    March 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
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  17. Cobra

    I just wrote a new song – "2 + 2 = 4". So, from now on, anytime teachers say those words in a classroom, someone owes me a quarter.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • PU-239

      Your logic is flawed, for everyone knows that 2 + 2 = 4

      March 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
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  22. Chris

    Can I copyright a musical score that is based on a chromatic scale and the representation of pi in base 12? Or based on some diatonic mode and pi in base 8? How about a pentatonic scale and base 5, or a whole tone scale in base 6? It seems to me that there are many ways to set pi to music, and that each of them is a legitimate basis for a copyright.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • justmy3cents

      No, not as such. All of your proposed methods are "merely" formulaic conversions of Pi into sound. That, as this case shows, is not eligible for copyright protection, since you didn't come up with Pi.

      However, say you do use one of your methods to create music. What you could get protection in is the specific combination of the instrument you use, the cadence you use, any artistic pauses at various points, etc. If you have a video camera on you (as opposed to just a microphone), perhaps the outfit you wear and the visuals you depict could all be worked into some sort of copyright protection.

      But you would not be protecting the underlying conversion of Pi into sound via copyright.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:32 am |
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    March 22, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  24. Brad

    Ron also drunk!

    March 22, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  25. Moe Glick

    Let's see....this er, question, tied up the court system for God knows how many days......the judge must have spent at *least* several hours writing out his opinion.....not to mention the cost of judicial clerks, court officers and so on.......YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK OVER COMPLETE IDIOCY!

    Then again, so what else is new, I guess.......

    March 22, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • john smiith

      +1

      March 22, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Scott Wimmer

      It's called "The Justice System". A wildly popular concept were people bring grievances against each other for judgement by a neutral party, often by individuals specifically selected for these types of civil cases, leaving others available for judging criminal cases. You should look into it sometime. It solves a lot of problems. Without it we have a lawless society where people can gun down unarmed individuals going about their business.....

      March 22, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • jheron

        Point goes to Scott.

        March 22, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  26. justmy3cents

    First of all, if you independently come up with an idea, you can actually create the exact same work as another. There was no showing (in this article at least), that Blake was influenced by Erickson. Furthermore, you can't get a copyright based on something that has no creative aspect to it. See Brandir International, Inc. v. Cascade Pacific Lumber Co. 834 F.2d 1142 (2d Cir. 1987) for another example – there, it was held that you can't copyright a bicycle rack design that was basically nothing more than an implementation of an underlying engineering formula. Here, the judge properly found that you can't copyright the mechanical conversion of a set of numbers that you didn't create into musical tones. However, the judge did leave room for the artistic expression of that conversion ("Blake's song is not sufficiently similar – for instance, its harmonies, structure and cadence are all different.").

    All in all, a sound legal ruling as far as I can tell.

    March 22, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Landshark

      "First of all, if you independently come up with an idea, you can actually create the exact same work as another."

      Didn't Newton and Leibniz independently come up with differential calculus?

      March 22, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • justmy3cents

        Newton and Leibniz both predated the current U.S. Copyright system, so your question is inherently flawed. That issue aside ...

        Think of it like this though: even if they were alive today and came up with their theories today, they would not be able to get a copyright on the mathematical formulas they created. However, they COULD get copyrights in their particular write-ups, articles, publications, etc.

        So, for example, if I say "y = mx + b", the standard algebraic formula for a straight line in Euclidean space, I am not infringing upon anyone's copyrights. However, if I copied-and-pasted the exact explanation of what this is, what it means, etc., from a book on algebra? That could be an infringement of copyrights.

        March 22, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • justmy3cents

        Oh, and to further clarify what I meant by independent creation ... if you and I are independently inspired to paint the exact same portrait, or take the exact same picture, or write the exact same novel, yes, we would each be allowed to get a copyright in our own works. However, the more similar two works are, it goes to the question of proof of copying. Do we really think someone could independently, off-the-top-of-their-head write a children's story that was word-for-word identical to a Dr. Seuss book? Probably not.

        March 22, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  27. Scott

    Hasn't Pi already been copyrighted by God?

    March 22, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • killallthewhiteman

      No, god does not subscribe to math or science.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:58 am |
      • Abby

        God doesn't have to subscribe to it, He created math & science. duh.

        March 22, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  28. Brad

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    March 22, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • Alex

      This post is hilariously irrelevant. Good job!

      March 22, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Brad USNR

      This post almost makes me ashamed of my name.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Awesome

      You made my day! Monsanto is a company that most people have probably never heard of but which has a huge impact on our daily lives. We take for granted that our food supply is safe, but if everyone knew what horrible practices Monsanto gets away with every day they would be shocked. The problems caused by "big oil" and the "government" are small potatoes compared to Monsanto. We're all sitting around wondering why food allergies and other problems are on the rise. Look at where your food actually comes from and you'll figure it out.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • Archibald

        Seriously, you think most people haven't heard of Monsanto?

        March 22, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  29. cosmicsnoop

    He should have just gone in a more original direction and found the sound of cake.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Brainiac

      Hey! I like that Band.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Bill

      Argh. I can't decide between "The cake is a lie" or "It's never there."

      March 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  30. Daisy

    "I wrote 'Pi Symphony' 20 years ago, I am thrilled to have presented it first," Erickson said. "It was my gift to the world, no strings attached. Life goes on."

    Okay – then why did he sue?

    March 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • wjmknight

      Because, like all musicians, he's a dick.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  31. Robert Platt Bell

    Talk about getting it all wrong, CNN. Yes you CAN copyright the "music of Pi" From your own article:

    "That doesn't mean Erickson's copyright is invalid, "only that Mr. Erickson may not use his copyright to stop others from employing this particular pattern of musical notes," "

    The decision was an infringement decision, not a validity one. The copyright of the EXPRESSION is valid, but, you cannot copyright the underlying idea (and this has always been the law). So unless the two songs are nearly identical, there is no infringement.

    This Erikson fellow thought he could copyright an idea. You cannot.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Scott Wimmer

      Actually, you can copy an idea. That is why there are patents. What you can't copy are facts. Especially facts that have been around for ever. If you discover the fact, you can name it but that is about it. Unless the fact you discovered is through some process. then you can copyright the process, not the fact.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:57 am |
      • A. Lavon

        Patents and Copyrights are two distinct protectable intellectual properties.

        March 22, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  32. Sagebrush Shorty

    As if the courts didn't have enough to do .

    March 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  33. max33333445555

    i hope they find touch screens and related objects when atlantis is discovered. prior art can wipe out all these ridiculous protections

    March 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  34. WC

    Given that the Babylonians were aware of it, I'd say that pi has pretty much passed into the public domain. But if Disney discovered it, they'd probably ruled differently–even after 3,000 years.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  35. the more things change the more they stay the same

    This really isn't anything new. Musicians have been setting names, numbers, etc to music for hundreds of years. J.S. Bach was fond of putting his family name in compositions: BACH = B flat – A – C – B natural. The golden ratio has been a fixture of art and music for centuries. Most art "innovations" have been done before many times in some form or another. I'm not saying you shouldn't protect your work if is warranted. I am saying get over yourself.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  36. hecep

    From KARP's song, Scientifantastic: "Have a slice of piiiiiiiii!"

    March 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  37. Grunow82

    Neither of these guys were first to do this, Elgar wrote the Enigma Variations in 1898 which is based off of Pi. So this isn't a new idea

    March 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Mike

    There are many more factors than just using the number PI to pick the notes. There's the duration and the phrasing of each note and series of notes that make a distinctive song and subject to a copyright.

    What's this about a duplicate comment. Something is seriously broken in your system

    March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Nah

      Exactly. The judge boiling the issue down to "you can't copyright Pi" was disingenuous. Or he doesn't know copyright law.

      You can copyright your expression of any fact or idea, so long as the idea and expression don't "merge".

      Here there's a distinct difference between copyrighting Pi and copyrighting some musical expression using Pi.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Jkhur

        Which is exactly what the judge ruled had you read more carefully. Erickson's copyright is valid but Blake's work is not sufficently similar to have violated Erickson's copyright. His stating that you can't copyright the natural phenomenae of Pi iitself s just background.

        March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • Nah

        Why read when you can rush to insult someone instead?

        March 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • Mike

        Nah,

        Uh, I think that was Jkhur's point to you. Read the article next time before you comment.

        March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  39. Mike

    There are many more factors than just using the number PI to pick the notes. There's the duration and the phrasing of each note and series of notes that make a distinctive song and subject to a copyright.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  40. Rod in Dallas TX

    Talk about a bunch of nerds!

    March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  41. Gene

    That's irrational.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • SilentBoy741

      Prime response.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Greg

      Transcendental even.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Jimmy

    Mmmmmmmm.... pie !

    March 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  43. Jorge

    Each and every goldigging diddler and corporate lawyer out there who attempts to copyright a natural phenomena such as numerical recurrence or DNA should be caned 30 times across the gluteus maximus with a 36" slide rule, HARD.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Nah

      Nah.

      You can copyright your expression of facts. Why? Because every expression - whether in the written word, music, art, etc. - are based on "facts" and "ideas", both of which are uncopyrightable in themselves. Hence, you can copyright your expression of Pi if your expression is separate from the idea itself.

      It has nothing to do with corporate lawyers.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  44. todd in DC

    Pi as a song sounds like a cool idea. How about the natural logarithym "e"? It starts as 2.7182818. I guess imaginary numbers (square root of -1) are out of the question,

    March 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Bill

      Oh but if they were playable I imagine they'd be grand. :)

      March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • dabble53

      Imaginary numbers can be handled, but only on an air guitar.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • Stacy

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        March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • Mercury32

        Well _ played_ sir.

        March 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  45. Steve

    The judge should throw it out because the argument would by definition be irrational.

    March 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Dave

      sigh.

      March 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Nah

        sigh.

        March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • rebwater

      "... because the argument would by definition be irrational."

      Brilliant. I love it.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Nissim Levy

      groan (rolling my eyes)

      March 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
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  46. rhobere

    Pi has been known for quite a long time. And historically quite a few mathematicians and scientists have been musicians as well. The claim that the first time this was ever done was 20 years ago is unrealistic. hell using number patterns to play with melodies is something I did while still learning to play guitar when I was eleven years old.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • rhobere

      and I'm no revolutionary or even creative musician.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Drowlord

      He could be right. While Pi as an abstract concept may have been known since antiquity, it's only recently that a large numbers of Pi's digits could be calculated. In 1873, only 707 digits were calculated (of which only 527 were correct) and it took the mathematician 20 years to calculate it. This was the first time that an approximate number of digits were known as are needed for a song to be made from them.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • rhobere

        true, but most songs are three notes repeated so 707 digits would be overkill to say the least. even 50 digits is probably enough and it doesn't take a mathematician to approximate pi to 50 digits by hand. even without correct digits, the idea has no doubt been played with and that's what this guy seems to be claiming.

        My point is not that someone wrote that exact song once before, simply that he's not somehow innovative by trying this like he seems to think. anybody can do what they're told (i.e. be given notes). it takes creativity to come up with something out of nothing.

        March 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  47. Logic

    Sounds pretty dissonant however you slice it.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • ClearAndPresentThinking

      Like a slice of pi?

      March 22, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  48. PhantomGoat

    FIRST!

    March 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Bobington

      Wow some people seriously still do the "FIRST" posts? In that case I will answer your comment with another equally juvenile and outdated comment "Hey PhantomGoat, 1990 called they want their comment back."

      March 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • JIm

        Bobington, the sad thing is, PhantomGoat thinks that was clever. But, please, don't take away that from him as that is apparently the only thing in his pathetic life that means something to him.

        March 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • joe

        Bobington, the fact that you made this comment indicates you are an insecure, jealous, mama's boy living in her basement.

        Don't reply. Anything you say will only prove my point further.

        March 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • wizzard

      I think I'll sue PhantomGhost. I was the FIRST to copyright the FIRST post as an initial post in a comments section

      March 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Firstester

        I'm sorry, but I am more firster than you.

        In fact, I'm Firstest. I'll even go so far as to say I'm more firstester than anybody ever could be.

        And I just copyrighted Firstest and Firstester, too, so don't get any funny ideas.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • SilentBoy741

      Well, you didn't get to say it on your honeymoon, you may as well say it now.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
      • David Miller

        Com'on, got be the "first" of the day.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • i_know_everything

      good for you, want a cookie?

      March 22, 2012 at 11:41 am |

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