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After nearly three years of battling the accusations in court, a federal judge has finally put an end to the lawsuit that claimed these two superstars infringed on another songwriter’s copyright.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger handed down her ruling on Thursday, August 25th, and decided that the complaint filed in December 2013 did not meet the requirements for copyright infringement, thereby releasing Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley from the lawsuit.
The legal matter stems from their hit duet “Remind Me” that a songwriter known professionally as Lizza Connor says they copied from her work and performances in 2007 and 2008.
She asserted that two of the collaborative songwriters that helped Paisley pen the tune got their idea for the song from some performances and workshops the three songwriters attended.
Part of the decision came from Paisley’s testimony where he stated that he was the source for the song’s underlying idea and the song’s title, meaning that he couldn’t possibly have stolen it from Connor since he never attended those workshops or performances.
He did reveal that one of the songwriters was responsible for the melody – which is standard procedure for their partnership, but that the song had changed directions multiple times before Paisley came up with the idea behind the song.
According to the ruling, the phrases “Remind me” and “Baby, remind me” are the only identical lyrics in the songs.
Watch the video below of Paisley and Underwood performing “Remind Me” and let us know what you think of the ruling in the comments!
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