Justin Bieber sued by White Hinterland for ‘exploiting’ her work with unauthorised ‘Sorry’ sample

Indie musician says she has "an obligation to stand up for my music and art"

Justin Bieber is being sued by an indie musician over an alleged unauthorised sample used on his hit song ‘Sorry’.

‘Sorry’ was released as a single last October and featured on Bieber’s album ‘Purpose’. Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, is suing the star, as well as others who worked on the track such as Skrillex, for allegedly lifting the main vocal riff from her 2014 song ‘Ring the Bell’. Listen to both songs beneath.

Posted a statement on the matter to Facebook, Dienel said that ‘Sorry’ “copies” her track, stating that neither Bieber nor any other individual sought her permission for its use.

Stating that she “does not take the act of suing lightly”, Dienel says she “poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing ‘Ring the Bell'” and that “it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission”.

Dienel concludes: “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. 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. I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art.”

NME has approached press representatives of Justin Bieber for a comment on the allegations.

Meanwhile, Skrillex – who worked with Bieber on ‘Sorry’ as well as ‘Where Are Ü Now’ – has defended working with Justin Bieber.

The producer had been criticised by Deadmau5 for his collaborations with the pop star, saying he was being “used as a goddamn tool”.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Skrillex responded to those comments. “If he was a real friend, he would come to me and be like, “Yo, you shouldn’t be working for Justin Bieber,” rather than blowing it up all over the Internet and going out of his way to make people feel wrong for making a choice in their life,” he said.

He continued: “And I would say to him, “I enjoy working with Justin Bieber!” I’m a fan of his voice. And if you’re a producer and you get an opportunity to work with someone who’s the biggest artist in the world – for better or for worse – what would you say? Would you say no?”