Brad Paisley and his co-writers have come out on top after being hit with a copyright lawsuit. Paisley, Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois faced allegations they stole parts of his 2011 hit duet with Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me."
Amy Bowen, who uses the stage name Lizza Connor, claimed the song infringed upon her copyright for her own tune called "Remind Me." Bowen wrote the song in 2007 and played it in Nashville for several years. She claims Lovelace heard her version at a 2008 workshop where he served as an advisor.
In May 2013, Bowen sued the trio for $10 million claiming the melody, hook and lyrics of Paisley's hit infringed upon her original work. Specifically, the repeated use of "baby, remind me." Paisley alluded to the suit in a 2014 song, "High Life."
In the song, he sings:
I heard a song a couple months ago, was Carrie Underwood on the radio
Reminded me of a poem my brother wrote back in second grade
I know she didn't steal it but so what? We lawyered up and we sued her butt
These days we figured we'd pretty much get paid to go away
Judge Aleta Trauger ruled in favor of Paisley's camp, saying the songs had "broader dissimilarities in context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony."
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the fact the case went before a judge could have scared the camps into a settlement. Especially after recent landmark cases including multi-million dollar settlements.
But Paisley and company fought on in the name of their song, finally getting legal closure.