Demi Lovato and Sleigh Bells settle copyright infringement case

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Demi Lovato has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit which accused her of using elements of a song by indie group Sleigh Bells.

A complaint was officially filed last year, when the duo accused Lovato, UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub of sampling their 2010 song ‘Infinity Guitars’ in her 2015 song ‘Stars’ without permission. Sleigh Bells had previously accused Lovato via Twitter in 2015.

The complaint read: “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 Defendants’ song.”

The Hollywood Reporter has since reported that court papers were filed on Wednesday morning, noting the settlement. According to Billboard, “the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but are currently being memorialized by the two sides.”

At the time, producers Falk and Yacoub said: “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars’. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote the top line.”

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“We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production,” producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub said through Lovato’s reps at the time of the suit. “She only wrote top line.” Spokespeople for Lovato, her label and Sleigh Bells could not be reached for additional comment at press time.

The settlement was noted in court papers filed by UMG Recordings, Falk and Yacoub.

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Written by Katrina Rees

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