Iceland's song will not be disqualified

by Itamar Barak 98 views

The site DotEurovision.com reports that the Icelandic entry to the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest has been cleared of plagiarism accusations.

Birgitta Haukdal's Segðu mér allt has been recently accused of being a copy of a Richard Marx' hit from the late 1980's. An investigation lead by the Icelandic composers association (S.T.E.F) and the Nordic Copyright Bureau, concluded that the 2003 Icelandic entry is not a copy of the American hit. The European Broadcasting Union has given its ultimate approval of the song, which will now undergo a revamp and a recording in English.

In an interview, Haukdal revealed that the claims against her song were initiated by another Icelandic entrant, Paul Oskar (1997). “He is a musician himself and surely should have known better what constitutes plagiarism and what doesn't”, said Haukdal.

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