Will Justin Bieber say sorry this time? The 22−year−old singer was sued by an indie pop star for alleged copyright infringement over his song Sorry.
According to the filing obtained by ABC News, Casey Dienel, who works under the name White Hinterland, is suing the singer along with song producer and co−writer DJ Skrillex. Universal Music is also named as defendant.
Those sued are the “performers, writers, producers, publishers, record labels, and distributors of the infringing and derivative musical composition ‘Sorry,’” said the legal documents.
Allegedly, Sorry infringes on Ring the Bell, White Hinterland’s original musical composition. This stemmed from “the female vocal riff” that can be heard in both songs.
Justin Bieber ‘Sorry’
While the Justin Bieber song Sorry made some alterations, it is claimed that it has the “same key and meter” as her musical offering.
White Hinterland also made a statement in her official Facebook page saying she would have wanted things to be settled out of court. However, Justin Bieber and his team ignored her.
“I want to take this opportunity to briefly explain my decision to those of you who are connected to me through family, friendship, and music,” she wrote.
“Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission.”
She added, “Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in ‘Sorry.’ But he chose not to contact me.”
The indie pop star added that her lawyers sent a letter to Justin Bieber after the release of Sorry regarding the infringement. Nonetheless, the singer’s team “again chose to ignore me.”
She then claimed that despite giving Selena Gomez’s ex and his team an opportunity to have a dialogue, “they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample.”
White Hinterland ended her post saying that she is left with no choice, but “to stand up for my music and art.”
White Hinterland ‘Ring the Bell’
According to Rolling Stone, Skrillex and Justin Bieber are yet to respond to the Sorry lawsuit. The amount of claims is also unknown as of this moment.