Justin Bieber is sued again for song plagiarism; justified or false claim?

Justin Bieber can’t seem to keep his hands to himself when it comes to other people’s songs. Bieber, who is currently in litigation over theft claims on his song Somebody to Love, now has to answer for the distinctive loop in his song Sorry. Artist Casey Dienel – aka White Hinterland – has filed a suit against Bieber and fellow producers Skrillex, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Michael Tucker, for stealing a loop from her song, Ring the Bell. The lawsuit was filed, Dienel claims, after Bieber ignored her repeated attempts to contact him to rectify the situation. However, Skrillex and Bieber tweeted their innocence to the lawsuit claiming the loop is all theirs.

Skrillex has responded to a lawsuit filed by the artist Casey Dienel which claims he and Justin Bieber stole a loop from the vocalist’s song to use as part of their 2015 single, Sorry.

“SORRY but we didn’t steal this,” Skrillex tweeted on Friday, adding a video which showed how the section of the song was produced. Bieber retweeted him, adding the hashtag “#wedontsteal”.

Dienel, also known as White Hinterland, claims the pair used her vocal loop without permission on their No1 track. The clip in question is used repeatedly through her 2014 song Ring the Bell, and she reportedly claims that the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” have been copied.

When asked about the case, US DJ Diplo, who worked with Bieber and Skrillex on the Jack Ü project, told TMZ: “I thought they sampled it, but I thought they cleared it. I’m sure they’ll work out a deal with her. They don’t want to go to court with it.”


[From The Guardian]

Here is the tweet with the video that supposedly shows how they created the loop:

TMZ caught Diplo as he got off a plane at LAX. He says he doesn’t know anything about this case (he is in no way involved with either song) but his views on what happened sound plausible. He thinks that with four or five producers, “somebody added (the loop) and didn’t tell anyone.” If someone lifted the cord and someone else forgot it was lifted and didn’t clear it, it might have been excusable if Bieber’s team had tried to correct the error once notified. But that’s not what happened; instead they ignored Dienel until she sued. I agreed with Bieber’s side on the De Rico thing but not here – those loops are the same. Dienel’s lawsuit also claims that Skrillex had to have been aware of her work because they were both featured at the same time twice in Rolling Stone on separate occasions.

I can, however, believe that Bieber is clueless enough to steal someone’s loop because he was clueless to the fact that nobody wanted to see this nonsense:

#mycalvins

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

So no pictures with fans but a good old fashioned crotch grab is fine? Child, please. Fortunately he kept his clothes on while congratulating his good friend Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix victory Sunday. Instead of grabbing his Baby Bieber, he grabbed Hamilton’s giant champagne bottle and took a swig because apparently he just takes whatever he wants.

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  1. Tate says:

    Good lord he is such a little douche.

  2. Birdix says:

    The face of the guy holding Bieber’s umbrella (!) expresses perfectly how I feel about the antics of ths self-absorbed man child.

  3. NewWester says:

    The guy holding the umbrella looks like he is thinking ” I have made some bad life choices to be holding an umbrella over this twit’s head. “

  4. Who ARE these people? says:

    #Team Umbrella Holder.

  5. als says:

    I am glad you posted that pic of Bieber with Hamilton because I am still in shock.
    To be clear, Hamilton offered him the champagne before celebrating with his team that was staying in a special area behind security, while Bieber was walking around there totally undisturbed.
    But Hamilton was practically star-struck, he could have been more reserved to a kid that was there God knows why but he was not, he was falling over himself like a desperate, hormonal teenager.
    Hamilton, the three times world champion of Formula 1, a man that is a real life Fast and Furious franchise, was star-struck by Bieber, a guy that grabs his crotch and pisses in buckets and, apparently, steals music. That moment was embarassing. So, I am in shock. I wish I hadn’t seen that.

    • laura says:

      Came here to say the same! Can’t believe I’m about to defend Beiber but Hamilton gave him the champagne, he didn’t take it. Now I must bleach my mind for defending him… Sigh…

      • als says:

        laura, I feel your pain.
        I dislike the fact that I have to defend Bieber and put the blame on Hamilton.
        After such a great race in Monaco, won on a wet track, starting third after qualifying, Hamilton took the time to have a chat (several times) and offer a bit of champagne to Bieber, the crotch grabber. All while his team was waiting for him to celebrate, a team that made him 2 times world champion.
        I wonder why they didn’t place Bieber next to Charlene and Albert? Hamilton would have fainted to receive his trophy from his very own king: Justin Bieber.

  6. Size Does Matter says:

    Is Diplo Beiber’s friend? Because wow.

  7. Louise177 says:

    The “Sorry” sample was clearly stolen. Maybe they got somebody else to sing it but it’s not original. The sound and arrangement is too distinctive for another person to come up with.

  8. Lynnie says:

    Yeah both loops sound the same, and Diplo sealed it for me when he said “I thought they cleared it.” I hope Casey gets a good payday. Sucks to see your work blow up without compensation.

    • Erinn says:

      I don’t trust Diplo. He’s such a skeeze that I could see him talking out of his butt just as much as I could see the bit being stolen.

      • Lynnie says:

        I agree about him being sketchy, but why would he throw his own friend and business partner (Skrillex) under the bus if it wasn’t true? Jack Ü is huge, and the EDM scene is small. Unless there’s some secret beef with him and Skrillex that we don’t know about, burning that bridge for no reason is exceptionally dumb.

    • Scotchy says:

      Diplo is a shady dude, but this kind of crap happens ALL THE TIME, in the pop/electronic music world. With 3-10 producers and writers on tracks, people often forget what was sampled and taken from whom. Music gets stolen all the time. It’s insane. This has happened to me, albeit not for a pop song, but a song of mine was used in a trailer for a big action picture and no one bothered to tell myself or my agent, or anyone associated with the track. We had to threaten with a lawsuit to get paid. The music business is shady, has been for good 50-60 years now… Any writing session or recording session I am in I actually record the session and document it, just to be clear on who did what on what later on down the line….

  9. manda says:

    I don’t really know much about skrillex but it’s surprising to me that he collaborated with justin bieber

  10. swak says:

    Wonder if anyone else drank out of that bottle after JB. That is so disgusting.

  11. lucy2 says:

    Gross.
    Pay up – sounds the same to me.

  12. SpareRib says:

    He was absolutely pathetic at the F1. He wasnt allowed to stand on the winners or royal podium, obviously, so just hung around at the entrance. Such a shame that Hamilton, a much more accomplished and talented person, is sucking up to him so much, Giving Beiber the champagne before his team was utterly rude. The team are what won Hamilton the race (that and Ricardos team’s f**k up) and therefore they should have been the first people to celebrate with. I hope F1 puts a stop to this celebrity silliness. The drivers are what people tune in to see, not some half wit who doesnt even know where he is.

    • als says:

      +1000
      Although, I don’t think F1 should regulate Hamilton’s character. This is who he is and this is how much he respects himself and his accomplishments. Why a person with his skill, determination and life struggles, that he presents every time he gets the chance, would chose to suck up to the likes of Bieber, I don’t know and I don’t think I care to know. This is who Lewis Hamilton is, it’s his business.
      But I do think F1 should not allow celebrities to walk around there as they please and interfere. If they think they will bring more viewers with Bieber than with their own drivers, they are idiots.
      And yeah,it was pretty insulting for the team but I’m guessing they’ll have to get used to it, I have a feeling more shit is about to come down from Hamilton.

  13. T.Fanty says:

    Eeew. I really wished that I had not seen that photo.

  14. Lbliss says:

    He doesn’t write his own songs, this is the job of the producers, engineers, writers. But since he is on the team, she has to sue Justin as well. I hope she gets big money bc her sample was the hook of the entire song which entitles her to get more money. Get that money!

  15. Harryg says:

    It’s amazing how much money you can make with crap-awful music. I will never understand it.

  16. Poop says:

    I know y’all hate the JB, but it guys actually watched the video by Skrillex you can tell how the loop was created. It clearly is reproducible in their own right and not stolen.