Skrillex Says He Didn't Steal 'Sorry' Sample from White Hinterland, Gives Proof

But Diplo says he thought the sample was cleared and that the producers "don't want to go to court"
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But Diplo says he thought the sample was cleared and that the producers "don't want to go to court"
White Hinterland (photo by Derrick Belcham)

White Hinterland (photo by Derrick Belcham)

Last week the music industry was shocked to hear allegations that Skrillex, Justin Bieber and other producers of the hit track 'Sorry' illegally sampled music by an artist known as White Hinterland.

Hinterland claims she has reached out to Justin Bieber's team to come to an agreement on clearing the sample, but has continuously been ignored. "Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in 'Sorry.' But he chose not to contact me. After the release of 'Sorry,' my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me. I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample."

Now Skrillex has posted a video to Twitter which shows the producer using a vocal that was recorded for the track and manipulating it to make the sample that is being questioned. The end result is a melody that sounds almost identical to the vocal used in the White Hinterland track.

This comes after Diplo told TMZ he was under the impression that the 'Sorry' producers had cleared the sample. "I thought they sampled it, but I thought they cleared it. Seems pretty easy to do," Diplo said. "There must have been four, five, maybe ten writers altogether." 

He went on to describe how the sample could have been overlooked, explaining that "somebody added it and then didn't tell anybody." With that notion in mind Diplo thought a deal would be made, saying "I'm sure they'll work out a deal with her. They don't want to go to court with it."

Now that Skrillex has proclaimed his innocence in all of this, we might be seeing a lengthy legal battle.