Casey Dienel, who performs under the stage name White Hinterland, is suing Justin Bieber and Skrillex for the similarities “Sorry” shares with her song, “”Ring The Bell.”
Dienel is an indie artist with a decent following, and isn’t crazy to make claims about “Sorry.” The opening of White Hinterland’s “Ring The Bell” (released in 2014) is near identical to Bieber’s “Sorry” (2015).
“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,'” Dienel shared on Facebook. “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.”
Dienel, who says she had “no other option” but to file a lawsuit went on to say, “Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in ‘Sorry.’ But he chose not to contact me. After the release of ‘Sorry,’ my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me.”
The lawsuit, which is directed toward both Justin and Skrillex, pin points the opening melody as the area of plagiarism. Unfortunately for both parties, this lawsuit has a such a small claim that it will likely not do anything aside from tarnishing White Hinterland’s opinion of Justin Bieber.
“The identical and/or striking similarity of ‘Sorry’ to Plaintiff’s song ‘Ring the Bell’ surpasses the realm of generic coincidence and independent creation,” the lawsuit states. White Hinterland believes eight seconds of her song were sampled for “Sorry.”
Listen to both tracks below and see what you think!