Justin Bieber Sued for “Sorry”

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Justin Bieber vs. White Hinterland (Casey Dienel)

Back in November I posted Justin Bieber “Sorry” sounds just like this song about the similarities of the main vocal hook in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and White Hinterland’s “Ring the Bell”. As of this week Bieber and company are being sued by White Hinterland (Casey Dienel). Here are the tracks:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry" (2015)
White Hinterland - "Ring the Bell" (2014)

On Thursday, May 26 Dienel posted the following statement on her official Facebook page:

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.” 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.

After this post, I intend to leave the subject matter of the lawsuit in the hands of my lawyers and the legal system. However, because I do not take the act of suing lightly, I want to take this opportunity to briefly explain my decision to those of you who are connected to me through family, friendship, and music.

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,” and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its “favorite songs, albums, and videos.” 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.” 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.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Casey Dienel (White Hinterland)

Read more about this on Pitchfork: White Hinterland Speaks Out on Justin Bieber “Sorry” Lawsuit

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Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song ‘Damn Girl’

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Just gonna be lazy here and re-publish Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song ‘Damn Girl’ from People.com.

Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am (né Will Adams) are being sued for their collaborative work on the song “Damn Girl” which was featured on Timberlake’s 2006 album, Futuresex/Lovesounds, according to a lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE.

PK Music Performance group brought the suit against the musicians over the track “A New Day Is Here At Last,” describing it as “one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era,” adding that Timberlake and Adams’ music too closely imitates the song, which was originally copyrighted in 1969 by Perry Kibble, and performed by J.D. Davis.

According to the documents, PK Music Performance renewed the copyright license again in January, 17 years after Kibble died and handed off the rights to his sister Janis McQuinton – who is also the principal of PK Music Performance. She handed over the copyright to the company this past December.

“A substantial amount of the music in “Damn Girl” is copied from “A New Day Is Here At Last,” the lawsuit reads. “Specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in “Damn Girl,” were all copied from “A New Day Is Here At Last.”

In return for Timberlake and Adam’s performance of the song on the album, in concert, and on a DVD of recorded shows at Madison Square Garden, PK Music Performance is asking that no one in the singers’ camps distribute or publicly perform “Damn Girl.”

On top of that, the company wants an undisclosed amount that includes an “award for actual damages,” profits from the song, and attorney’s fees, as well as handing over all known copies of the song, to be destroyed by PK Music Performance.

J.C. Davis – A New Day (is here at last)

Justin Timberlake – Damn Girl (feat. Will.I.Am)

See more songs that have made it to court in the litigated category.

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Jay-Z vs. Abdel Halim Hafez

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This has been in the courts since 2007. Seems like Jay-Z and producer Timbaland didn’t have all of their ducks in a row when they released “Big Pimpin'”. The now famous melody was sourced from Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. Have a listen and then have a look at some press quotes below.

Jay-Z - "Big Pimpin'" (1997)
Abdel Halim Hafez - "Khosara Khosara" (1960)

In 2007, the song sparked controversy when copyright co-owner Osama Ahmed Fahmy filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Federal Court, alleging that Timbaland illegally replayed portions of “Khosara Khosara” note-for-note. Jay-Z, Timbaland, Linkin Park and EMI Music Inc. were among the defendants named in the lawsuit.

This latest lawsuit follows an August (2007) decision by a California judge to dismiss another lawsuit by Ahab Joseph Nafal, who claimed Big Pimpin’ infringed the copyright on Khosara Khorasa. Lawyers for EMI Records argued the 50-year-old track was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act, AllHipHop.com reports.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Pimpin%27

An attorney for Hamdi’s heir contends the artists and their labels never obtained the proper permission from Hamdi’s heirs to use “Khosara Khosara.”

Lawyers for the pair, however, say proper permission to use the flute notes was obtained in 2001, Hamdi’s nephew has been paid for its usage and the case should be decided in Jay Z and Timbaland’s favor.

source: http://www.voanews.com/content/big-pimpin-dispute-could-be-settled-soon-for-rapper-jay-z/3012646.html

 

“He said that at the time, when Timbaland introduced the “Khosara Khosara” melody to him, he had no clue that it was a sample composition of Egyptian composer Hamdi.”

“Pete Ross, the counsel for the prosecution, has said in a statement that according to Egyptian Law, both Jay-Z and Timbaland are obliged to get direct approval from Hamdi or his estate before using vulgar and demeaning lyrics over “Khosara Khosara” track in “Big Pimpin.”

“Testimony in the case will draw to a close on Tuesday, and then it will be up to an eight-person jury to wade through a complicated series of contracts, correspondence and agreements that span three continents.

They’ve heard directly from Jay Z and Timbaland, who explained how “Big Pimpin’ ” came together and why they believe they have the right to use the “Khosara Khosara” notes.

Timbaland, whose real name is Timothy Mosley, paid $100,000 in 2001 to settle an out-of-court claim from a record company with rights to distribute Hamdi’s music outside Egypt.

It would be another six years before Hamdi’s nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, sued Mosley and Jay Z for copyright infringement. Fahmy also asserts the raunchy lyrics of “Big Pimpin’ ” violate the “moral rights” of his uncle’s work, although that legal concept is enforceable only in Egypt and Jay Z’s lyrics are not an issue in the case.

Toward the end of his testimony Wednesday, Mosley told jurors his reaction to Fahmy’s lawsuit when it emerged so many years after “Big Pimpin’ ” was created: “So, who did I pay 100 grand to?””

source: http://www.ibtimes.com.au/jay-z-attends-copyright-infringement-trial-over-big-pimpin-1475456

Here is the original song from a scene in the 1960 film “El Banat Wel Seif (Girls and Summer)”

 

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