White Hinterland Sues Justin Bieber in Nashville for Infringement

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It will be up to a federal judge in Nashville to determine who will be “Sorry” for the a copyright infringement  lawsuit that has been filed by White Hinterland.

Casey Dienel,Indie artist, who records under the name White Hinterland alleges that Bieber’s hit “Sorry” uses a vocal riff from her 2014 recording of  “Ring the Bell.”

“As many of you that follow my career and work have already recognized, Justin Bieber’s song “Sorry” copies the vocal riff prominently featured in my song “Ring the Bell.” The writers, producers, and performers of “Sorry” did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission. Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties”,stated Dienel on her Facebook page.

According to the lawsuit, “the vocal riff is a qualitatively and quantitatively distinct and integral element” of her song and the defendants “knowingly and unlawfully copied the original, protectable elements of the musical composition of ‘Ring the Bell.’”

Skrillex replied to the lawsuit by posting a video on Facebook.

“Here’s the accapella from the demo that Julia Michaels did for Sorry and this is how I made it”

Take a listen for yourself to “Sorry and “Ring the Bell.”


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