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Copyright in Music and Lyrics


We provide expert advice on music copyright and related matters to clients. This includes all aspects of songs and instrumental works. We undertake detailed analyses of compositions. We advise on the copyright vested in the musical work (the “music”) and the copyright vested in the literary work (the “lyrics”)


Peter Oxendale is a forensic musicologist, who is a fully accredited Expert Witness and is trained as a SJE (Single Joint Expert)

In a career spanning over 40 years, Peter Oxendale has been providing advice on almost all aspects of music copyright and he is considered to be one of the leading forensic musicologists in the field. Peter Oxendale Music Services takes instructions on a case-by-case basis and is able to provide advice with regard to all matters relating to music copyright and forensic musicology.


Peter Oxendale Music Services provides both verbal consultations and written reports, dealing with many areas of music copyright and forensic musicology, including the following:​

  • Copyright advice on sonic "logos"

  • Copyright advice on “style-alikes” and “sound-alikes”

  • Prior art and Common or Public Domain music and lyrics research

  • Joint authorship and song writer disputes

  • Matters relating to depositions, trials, the courts, evidence, arbitration and mediation in the UK and internationally

  • Copyright infringement in musical works and issues of plagiarism

  • Copyright infringement in lyrics ("literary works") and issues of plagiarism

  • Copyright infringement in sound recordings

  • Sound recording analysis and audio sampling matters in general

  • Piracy of sound recordings


Our client list includes advertising agencies, record companies, publishers, management companies, artists, songwriters and producers and extends to the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Europe, South Africa, India, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.


All matters are treated in the strictest confidence and on a case-by-case basis.

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Peter Oxendale

Mobile: 07710 130777

Telephone: 020 8395 9280

Thank you for your enquiry.

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