Skrillex & Justin Bieber ‘Sorry’ lawsuit officially dropped by White Hinterland
Portland artist Casey Dienel, known for making music as White Hinterland, has dropped the copyright infringement suit against Skrillex and Justin Bieber — as well as the Bloodpop cowriters of the track — which accuses the artists of using eight seconds of Dienel’s track “Ring The Bell” and looping it into “Sorry.” The lawsuit states that “identical and/or striking similarity of ‘Sorry’ to Plaintiff’s song ‘Ring the Bell’ surpasses the realm of generic coincidence and independent creation.”
“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,” Dienel publicly stated to Facebook circa May 2016. Following the accusations, Skrillex posted a video to twitter explaining how the hook in “Sorry” was originally produced.
Now, TMZ reports that the lawsuit against the track’s writers has since been dismissed.