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Following Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland lawsuit over their smash hit “Sorry,” Justin Bieber and Skrillex have responded to the copyright infringement allegations via their respective Twitter accounts.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 28, 2016
Skrillex took it even one step further as he showed how the vocal hook was created: Using an a cappella demo by “Sorry” co-songwriter Julia Michaels, Skrillex manipulated the pitch and contorted the semitones to form a vocal melody that, aurally, resembles the opening notes of “Ring the Bell,” but is clearly not a sample of the “Ring the Bell” recording.
— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) May 27, 2016
In Dienel’s Facebook post, the artist wrote:
“Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in ‘Sorry.’ But he chose not to contact me.” She added that, after a letter alleging infringement from her lawyers to Bieber’s representatives went ignored, she was left with “no other option” but to file a lawsuit in order to “stand up for my music and art.”