Elizabeth Entenman
May 28, 2016 9:24 am
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It might be too late for Justin Bieber to say sorry this time around. The singer is being sued by a female indie artist who claims he stole her vocals for his hit song “Sorry.”

White Hinterland, whose real name is Casey Dienel, is going on record saying that the Biebs sampled her song “Ring the Bell” without permission. On Wednesday, she filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement. White Hinterland shared this emotional post on her Facebook page about her passion for creating original music and her decision to take legal action.

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While White Hinterland makes it clear she wanted to solve the issue privately with Bieber and the other writers, she eventually felt she had no choice but to sue. “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,” her statement reads.

Along with Justin Bieber, DJ and musician Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny Moore, is also named in the lawsuit, as he produced “Sorry” and co-wrote it with Justin. Other songwriters named in the suit include Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Michael Tucker. White Hinterland says she sent them a warning in December 2015, but it was ignored.

Let’s take a listen. Here’s Justin’s “Sorry” that we all know so well.

And here’s White Hinterland’s “Ring the Bell.” You’ll hear the vocal riff in question right away.

Last night, Skrillex fired back on Twitter with a video saying they didn’t steal anything, and demonstrated exactly how he created the riff.

Skrillex’s video suggests that the riff wasn’t directly lifted from Hinterland, but it’s still unsure where they got the idea for the melody in the first place. Even if Justin Bieber and his team didn’t outright steal the vocals knowingly, it does sound a lot like White Hinterland’s song. Was this merely a case of musicians thinking alike, or is there something a little shady going on? Looks like it’s going to be up to the courts to decide whether Justin Bieber and Skrillex need to say they’re “Sorry.”

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