When news broke yesterday that Skrillex and Justin Bieber were being sued for copyright infringement over the use of vocal samples on “Sorry,” speculation as to the legitimacy of the claim abounded. The suit, which is being brought by Casey Dienel, aka White Hinterlands, alleges that the two artists, along with the other writers and producers behind “Sorry,” failed to legally clear a sample they used from her song “Ring the Bells.” The Indie artist wrote on Facebook that she had even contacted Bieber’s legal team back when “Sorry” was first released, and received no response.
Diplo, who has worked frequently with both Skrillex and Justin Bieber, spoke to TMZ about his “Where are Ü Now” collaborators’ legal troubles, saying he thinks they will likely opt to settle the case out of court. Diplo also spoke to the relative frequency of incidents such as this, citing his own difficulties clearing OutKast samples while working with Beyoncé as evidence.
Skrillex, however, took to his Facebook page to defend himself, posting a video where he, working in Ableton live, demonstrates how he came up with the contentious vocal sample in question. He shows succinctly how he pitched up vocal clips from vocalist Julia Michaels to create the hook entirely originally, without sampling Hinterland at all.
While Skrillex’s video is undeniably convincing, it remains to be seen how the case will turn out. Check out all three responses below, and stay tuned for updates as this story develops.