Sleigh Bells Suing Demi Lovato For Copyright Infringement
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:17:32
Sleigh Bells is suing Demi Lovato for copyright infringement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "In a complaint filed Monday in California federal court, Sleigh Bells members Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller allege that Lovato's "Stars" contains material taken from their 2010 track "Infinity Guitars" off of their debut album. The lawsuit names Lovato, UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub as defendants."
The complaint states, "A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works. This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendant's' song."
"Infinity Guitars" was released in 2010 on Sleigh Bells' debut album Treats. "Stars" appears as a bonus track on Demi Lovato's 2015 record, Confident. When Lovato's album was released, Sleigh Bells tweeted, "Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for 'Stars' but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those."
At the time, Lovato's representatives responded, "We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song 'Stars.' Demi was also not involved with the production."
Sleigh Bells' representative told Rolling Stone last year, "I can confirm that the band feels their music has been sampled without proper clearance and are seeking all available remedies with [Lovato's record label] Island Records."
Read the entire complaint.
Listen to both songs below:
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