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White Hinterland sues Justin Bieber

By | Published on Friday 27 May 2016

White Hinterland

Singer-songwriter Casey Dienel, who performs as White Hinterland, has sued Justin Bieber and Skrillex, accusing them of copying vocals from her track ‘Ring The Bell’ for their single ‘Sorry’ without permission.

Dienel’s lawsuit says that Bieber’s song takes the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” in hers, as well as having other similar musical characteristics. She says she tried to resolve the matter with the pop star’s representatives last December, but has been ignored.

Adding that she does “not take the act of suing lightly”, she explains: “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”.

“Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in ‘Sorry'”, she continues. “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”.

“I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample. 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”.

Listen to ‘Ring The Bell’ here:

And ‘Sorry’ here: