Lawsuit against Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley allowed to move forward

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Uh oh. Looks like the next place that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be teaming up together might just be in a courtroom because a judge has decided that a lawsuit against the pair is okay to proceed to trial. 

Back in May of this year, singer/songwriter Amy Bowen brought a lawsuit against Paisley, Underwood, Sony, and songwriters John Kelley Lovelace and Charles DuBois over the song Remind Me, which went to #1 back in 2011. 

According to the lawsuit, Amy, who goes by Lizza Connor professionally, wrote and copyrighted a song called Remind Me back in 2008. She then participated in a songwriting workshop where she met and performed the song for Lovelace and DuBois. They critiqued the tune and told her it would work well as a duet. 

Skip ahead a couple of years and bam, there's a song co-written by Lovelace and DuBois on the radio being performed by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood that happens to be called Remind Me.

On Tuesday, the judge in the case decided that despite most of the lyrics of the two songs being different, the hook in the songs, the "remind me" and "baby, remind me" parts, are similar enough and the fact that Bowen had performed her copyrighted song for Lovelace and DuBois previously was enough evidence to allow the lawsuit move forward to trial.  

According to the Nashville federal court judge, "Bowen has plausibly shown that, taken in combination, the lyrics and associated melodies, intonations, and usage could be sufficiently original to constitute protectable material."

The judge goes on to say: "As Bowen points out, in both recordings, (1) the phrase 'Remind me' is often followed by the partner phrase 'Baby, remind me,' which essentially echoes the hook; (2) the hooks are repeated in close proximity and with similar intonation – higher the second time than the first; (3) the hooks rise in pitch from 're-' to '-mind' and descend in pitch from 're-' to '-mind,'; and (4) the syllable 're-' crosses two tones and the syllable '-me' crosses at least three tones.'

Brad Paisley is also a co-writer on the song, but it sounds like his and Carrie's part in the lawsuit is strictly because they sang the allegedly stolen song. 

According to previous reports, Bowen is asking in excess of $10 million.


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