Indie pop star Casey Dienel (aka Winter Hinterland) is suing Justin Bieber, Skrillex and the writing team behind Bieber’s 2015 hit Sorry.
According to TMZ, Dienel claims the "unique characteristics of the female vocal riff" that opens her 2014 hit Ring The Bell, is identical to those played throughout Sorry.
In the track, Bieber only uses 8 seconds of her riff, but Casey says he repeated it 6 times. According to Casey, both songs also feature keyboard synthesizers, samples, synth bass, drums, and percussion.
The singer says she wanted Bieber to stop using the sample last December but he ignored her. YIKES! Bet he’s regretting that decision now.
Have a listen to her original track below. It won’t take you long to realize what he riffed, because it’s literally the beginning of the song.
In a Facebook post this afternoon, Casey cleared up her decision.
“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," she wrote.
“Creating original and unique music is my life’s passion, but it is challenging and time consuming. I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing Ring the Bell… Justin Bieber is the world’s biggest artist, and I’m sure that he and his team will launch a full attack against me. But, in the end, I was left with no other option. I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art.”
Hey, you do you!
Casey’s track was a smash hit itself, with over 800,000 streams, and Rolling Stone singled it out as one of their favourites. The girl wants her credit... and her overdue funds!