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Sleigh Bells suing Demi Lovato for copyright infringement

23 August 2016, 10:16 | Written by Laurence Day

Sleigh Bells have filed a lawsuit against Demi Lovato and producers/writers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk over Lovato's track "Stars".

The pair believe that Lovato's song "Stars" - which appears on last year's Confident LP - borrows a significant amount of their tracks "Infinity Guitars" and "Riot Rhythm" without permission.

Documents have been submitted to a Californian court stating that "a comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as three 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."

Sleigh Bells are looking for "a permanent injunction prohibiting the reproduction, distribution, sale, public performance or other use or exploitation of 'Infinity Guitars'," as well as "substantial profits" from the defendents - Lovato, Yacoub, and Falk.

Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller, the pair behind Sleigh Bells, initially called out Lovato last November.

Last year, when the e-fracas first erupted, Yacoub and Falk denied the claims: “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.”

Hear all three tracks below. Do Sleigh Bells have a case?

Demi Lovato "Stars"

Sleigh Bells - "Infinity Guitars"

Sleigh Bells - "Riot Rhythm"

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