Country Superstars Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Deny They Stole Young Songerwriter’s Tune
Country superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are firing back at one songwriter’s allegations that they stole her music for their hit country song “Remind Me.”
In court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, the Nashville superstars label the accusations as absurd, insisting they didn’t steal the country tune.
According to the lawsuit Amy Bowen (known professionally as Lizza Connor) filed in May, the songwriter composed her own song “Remind Me” in 2008 and then performed it during a 14-week “Country Music Songwriting Workshop” in Nashville.
She claimed one of the workshop’s advisors, Charles DuBois, went on to work with Paisley three years later and released a song featuring Underwood, which sounded “identical” to her original number.
She noted that phrasing in the hook, the melody and certain phrases used throughout the song are the same.
Underwood and Paisley denied her claims they stole her song or infringed on any of her copyrighted work.
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"Defendants (Paisley and Underwood) deny any wrongful conduct, omissions, infringement or any other activities alleged by Plaintiff in this District or elsewhere or that they are liable to the Plaintiff for any claims,” it’s said in the filing.
The duo want Bowen’s lawsuit thrown out, claiming Bowen can’t plausibly establish that the copyrighted elements of her "Remind Me" are "substantially similar" enough to the Paisley/Underwood recording.
In a countersuit, Dubois also fired back claiming that when Bowen attended the songwriting workshop, she had to sign a consent agreement, which had a provision about submission of one’s songs – that basically gave up her rights to sue for trademark infringement.
He claims she breached her contract and should be ordered to pay up damages for her breach.