Copyright infringement is a delicate thing- sometimes really dumb and unwarranted, and sometimes, totally legit. In this new case, it seems legit. Demi Lovato is being sued by a group named Sleigh Bells for similarities between her song Ã¢â¬ÅStars,Ã¢â¬Â a bonus track from her Confident album, and their song Ã¢â¬ÅInfinity Guitars,Ã¢â¬Â released in 2010. The producers of DemiÃ¢â¬â¢s album denied sampling Sleigh BellsÃ¢â¬â¢s work and I would assume they were unable to reach any kind of agreement, because now it’s lawsuit time:
The complaint alleges that Lovato and her team (UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub) used material from the Sleigh BellsÃ¢â¬â¢ song Ã¢â¬ÅInfinity GuitarsÃ¢â¬Â for LovatoÃ¢â¬â¢s song Ã¢â¬ÅStars.Ã¢â¬Â The Huffington Post has reached out to reps for Lovato and Sleigh Bells and will update this post accordingly.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe sonic qualities of portions of Ã¢â¬ËInfinity GuitarsÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËStarsÃ¢â¬â¢ are at least substantially similar,Ã¢â¬Â the complaint reads. Ã¢â¬ÅThe signal decay and other sonic signatures in each of the songs are comprised of and contain virtually identical content, and analyses of the two songs reveal that they are, at least in part, substantially similar, virtually identical, or identical.Ã¢â¬Â
After Lovato released Ã¢â¬ÅStarsÃ¢â¬Â on her album, Ã¢â¬ÅConfident,Ã¢â¬Â Sleigh Bells tweeted at the singer in November 2015, saying, Ã¢â¬ÅDemi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for Ã¢â¬ËStarsÃ¢â¬â¢ but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.Ã¢â¬Â
Producers Falk and Yacoub responded to the alleged infringement last November in a statement to Rolling Stone.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe did not use any samples in Demi LovatoÃ¢â¬â¢s song Ã¢â¬ËStars,Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â the statement read. Ã¢â¬ÅDemi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.Ã¢â¬Â
Sound like Demi isn’t really involved, but she probably should’ve followed up or at least done a little research, no? Anyhow, you be the judge. Below is Demi Lovato’s “Stars…”
And here’s And hereÃ¢â¬â¢s Sleigh BellsÃ¢â¬â¢ song Ã¢â¬ÅInfinity GuitarsÃ¢â¬Â:
Is this sketchy, or legit in your opinion?