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Minnesota producer admits to plagiarism, used Kickstarter to fund record

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Too MY Bees Knees

A Twin Cities-based recording engineer has revealed that his album, which was released under the name To My Bees Knees and included contributions from 100 local musicians, was almost entirely composed of songs he had plagiarized from the Iowa City band Burn Disco Burn.

“It’s with my greatest heartfelt apologies that I send out this letter,” engineer Tom Smouse wrote yesterday, addressing the dozens of artists who contributed to his album in an email…”You donated your time and efforts to reproduce an album of material that ultimately, I passed off as my own.”

…Smouse says he only wrote one of the tracks on To My Bees Knees, a hidden track called “Goodbye’s Never Change”…

“We were shocked, saddened, and pissed off to discover that Tom Smouse had passed our music off as his own,” the members of Burn Disco Burn said in a statement today.

The article at The Current goes on to detail that the musicians encountered “line for line, note for note” plagiarism on the record. To make matters worse, the record, which received its share of local press, was funded via Kickstarter. Oof.

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