The suing culture of the 21st Century is getting out of hand. Here we look at Song Copyright, writing original songs and when it’s right (and wrong) to be suing people over your work.
There are many examples out there of famous artists being sued for copying other people’s songs; the latest being Dienel who is suing Justin Bieber and producer Skrillex for ‘sampling’ or copying a vocal riff from their song ‘Ring the Bell’ in the hit record ‘Sorry’. Well, no offence to Dienel but I have never heard the song ‘Ring the Bell’ before in my life even though I now see it was highly praised by Rolling Stone magazine; and therefore had I come up with a similar riff I would not have been deliberately copying that track, but that wouldn’t have stopped me being sued of course, because how do you prove what you’ve never heard?
Skrillex has reponded with the video below, which shows how they came about getting that vocal riff – and it clearly shows some simple original sample making, coming across something that just sounds great, which is a staple part of writing original songs.