Carrie Underwood — American Idol winner. Country superstar. Thief? Say it ain’t so!
According to a report on MJs Big Blog (via the Tennessean), Carrie and Brad Paisley are being sued for copyright infringement, along with Nashville songwriters Chris DuBois and Kelly Lovelace, their record label, and publishing companies. Amy Bowen, who performs as Lizza Connor, claims they ripped off her song, “Remind Me,” which is the 3rd single off Brad’s album, This Is Country Music.
The song hit #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase country airplay charts in the summer of 2011, and has sold over 1.782 million downloads, so you can see where someone would like to lay claim to this kind of success.
Amy claims the song was stolen after she performed it around Nashville as well as at a songwriters workshop. Here’s the kicker — Amy claims that she attempted to pitch it to labels, publishers, and artists in 2009, but it was suggested to her that the song be done as a duet.
The Nashville City Paper’s Pierre Greenberg offered up the following lyrics as an example of the similarity:
Amy’s “Remind Me”:
All it takes is your kiss to remind me
All I need is your touch to remind me
Take me to the place we started from
When love was young
Baby, remind me
Brad & Carrie’s “Remind Me”
Been so long, bet you forget
The way I used to kiss your neck
Remind me, remind me
So on fire, so in love
Way back when we couldn’t get enough
Remind me, remind me.
The wording of the suit is the peculiar part, as the it says Brad, Carrie, et. al. “knowingly and willfully copied and prepared unauthorized and infringing derivative works.”
We’re not so sure about that “knowingly and willingly” part, and honestly we aren't really seeing that the two songs are looking all that much alike.
As MJs Big Blog points out, you can hear Brad and Carrie’s story of the way the song came about on countrycountdownusa.com. The pair said it began with a hum that was mumbled over the phone from Brad to Carrie which evolved into rewritten verse. Carrie even calling it fate for her to detour to Nashville from LA instead of going home so that the song could be recorded.
What do you think about this case?
Source: MJs Big Blog