Justin Bieber and producer Skrillex aren’t quite ready to say “Sorry,” when it comes to copyright claims over the 2015 hit single of the same name.
The team was accused last week by Canadian musician Casey Dienel,who performs as White Hinterland, of pilfering Sorry’s distinctive hook from her song Ring The Bell.
But now Skrillex is firing back, with a video posted online claiming to show how Sorry’s hook was created, independent of the Canadian songstress.
“Sorry, but we didn’t steal this,” the producer writes:
Dienel says she launched the lawsuit last week because “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.”
She also claims her legal team tried to contact Bieber’s camp multiple times but were ignored.
“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.”
Sorry has been a key element in Bieber’s comeback, helping him transition from a teen heartthrob with bad boy image problems into a chart topping pop and club sensation.
It has been certified as 5X platinum in the US, with more than 2.3 million sales.
For comparison, here are the two songs: