This week Casey Dienel, a musician who records under the name White Hinterland, revealed that she is suing Justin Bieber, and the writers of his hit song “Sorry”, including producer Skrillex. Dienel claims that the 4-5 note female vocal sample that anchors the song was lifted directly from her track “Ring the Bell”, and based on a listen to both tracks side by side, it’s a pretty damning claim, as the vocal riff is in the same key, timber, and rhythm on both songs. Take a listen:
On Thursday, she explained her case in a post on Facebook, writing, “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.”
Unsurprisingly, fans of Bieber of flooded the comments of her video with reasoned discourse.
“I seriously even doubt Justin Bieber even know who she is. probably never even heard the song before. Bitch just wants money from him. And how is Sorry ripping this crappy song off? Only thing similar is the stupid whistling,” wrote one.
“So back to this bitch who claims that Justin stole her song.. Bitch pleaseeee, we all know that you’re looking for money cause apparently your music isn’t doing enough for you. You tried bitch!” added another.
Bieber’s team has yet to comment on the suit.
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