7 of Your Favorite Pop Stars Who Were Accused of Copyright Infringement
Publishing rights and songwriting credits have become a hot-button issue in recent years, with more and more big-name musicians being accused of ripping off lyrics, melodies and even installations in music videos — a.k.a. copyright infringement.
It seems, with music sales plummeting and songwriting becoming more of a teamwork process, no one, whether it be Justin Bieber or Beyonce, is safe. Some of the lawsuits seem a bit skeptical — suggesting accusers are merely trying to fill their pockets with cash — while others may have you shocked musicians got away with it, and other times shocked when they are forced to settle. Here are seven of your favorite pop stars who were accused of copyright infringement:
In 2015, noise-rock duo Sleigh Bells accused Demi Lovato of copyright infringement. Demi's team denied the allegation, resulting in the band members, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, filing a suit on the grounds that D.Lo had used elements of their 2010 single, "Infinity Guitars," for her 2015 song, "Stars."
Two years later, the case finally came to a close, with both sides coming to an undisclosed settlement.