It's definitely too late to say sorry now. Casey Dienel, artistically known as White Hinterland, is suing Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and the Bieb's producers for stealing her riff for the number one, multi-platinum selling hit single, "Sorry."
Casey took to her Facebook to announce the issue at hand. "As many of you that follow my career and work have already recognized, Justin Bieber's song 'Sorry' copies the vocal riff prominently featured in my song 'Ring the Bell,'" Dienel wrote. "The writers, producers and performers of 'Sorry' did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work," she continued, "nor did they obtain or seek my permission. Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties."
And it's not an impossible claim. The "unique characteristics of the female vocal riff" that she arranged and recorded on her 2014 hit, "Ring The Bell," did quite well on the Internet after its release. The song went viral and received over 800,000 streams. It was even named one of Rolling Stone's favorite songs, albums, and videos.
According to TMZ, the eight-second riff implicated in the lawsuit is repeated over six times in the pop star's track. But Casey also implicates the use of keyboard synthesizers, samples, synth bass, drums, and percussion as thievery in the song as well.
It also seems that Dienel attempted to cut Bieber a break, although her attempts were thwarted. "After the release of 'Sorry,' my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement," she wrote. "But Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me."
"Creating original and unique music is my life's passion, but it is challenging and time-consuming," Dienel wrote. "Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission."
Listen to the two tracks below and see if you can hear the similarities.