Pop princess Demi Lovato faces allegations of trademark infringement over her 2015 track “Stars” which possibly lifts musical elements from the Sleighbells‘ critically acclaimed 2010 track “Infinity Guitars.” Then indie rock band alleges the two songs are of “virtually identical content” which “transcends the realm of coincidence.”
According to the lawsuit:
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 [‘Stars’].
The signal decay and other sonic signatures are virtually identical. The similarities between ‘Infinity Guitars’ and ‘Stars’ transcend the realm of coincidence or shared genetic material, and inform the very essence of the works.
Shortly after the song was released in November of last year, the band tweeted to Demi:
“Flattered you guys sampled ‘Infinity Guitars’ and ‘Riot Rhythm’ for ‘Stars’ but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.”Producer Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub responded by saying
“We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song Stars. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.”
Do the Sleighbells have a case? Compare and contrast the two songs below. (via Hollywood Reporter)