According to NBC NEWS, on May 28, 2016, Justin Bieber and Skrillex released a statement that they are not sorry for because they claim Bieber’s song, “Sorry,” which was released in 2015, was not stolen. This assertion came in response to the claim that there was four note riff from White Hinterland’s song “Ring the Bell,” released in 2014, used in “Sorry.”
This assertion came in response to the claim that there was four note riff from White Hinterland’s song “Ring the Bell,” released in 2014, used in “Sorry.” Bieber and Skrillex included a video in his explanation, which demonstrated how the portion of the song was produced.
A “Rolling Stone” article published on May 27, 2016, reported that Hinterland’s music is protected by copyright and there is a close resemblance, because “Sorry” mirrors the key and meter used in “Ring the Bell”.
Arguably, after listening to this sample, the similarity is quite close, but the capabilities of technological advances can bring this into question. Casey Dienel, also known as Hinterland, heard her music playing in Bieber’s work.
Bieber and Skrillex plan to fight these claims, with their own counterclaim. They have used Twitter to express their position and created the #wedontsteal to address this issue.
NBC NEWS: Not ‘Sorry’: Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued by White Hinterland for Copyright Infringement
Rolling Stone: Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over ‘Sorry’ Hook
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