Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

Nobody is safe anymore these days. According to news sources Ed Sheeran is being hit with a $20M copyright lawsuit over his song “Photograph”. Matt Cardle is claiming a strong similarity in the chorus of his song “Amazing” (2012) and Sheeran’s 2015 track “Photograph”. Have a listen to both:

Ed Sheeran - "Photograph" (2015)
Matt Cardle - "Amazing" (2012)

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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

UPDATE 5/31/2016
Skrillex (who is one of the producers of “Sorry”) posted this Instagram video a few days ago (May 27, 2016) demonstrating how the vocal hook in “Sorry” was derived. Although he is demonstrating that the hook is not from a sample of “Ring the Bell” it doesn’t argue the fact that it is still very similar. Perhaps the vocalist is a White Hinterland fan. Who knows??!!

 

 

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

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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)

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