Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay were sued for alleged copyright infringement of the song 10,000 Hours. Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay are accused of “stealing the core” of the song The First Time Baby Is A Holiday.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday (21/3) local time in Los Angeles federal court by a company called Melomega.
“The theft by the accused is very clear. One only needs to listen to ‘First Time’ and ‘10,000 Hours’ to know the clear similarities between the two songs,” the complaint reads, as reported Variety on Thursday (21/3) US time.
“The similarities are so striking that ‘10,000 Hours’ could not have been created independently,” the statement continued.
10,000 Hours is not only accused of being substantially similar, but also of copying the most important part of The First Time Baby Is A Holiday. This section includes the chorus, verse, and hook.
The lawsuit is also supported by music expert Dr. Alexander Stewart who stated the “inevitable conclusion that the defendant stole the plaintiff’s song”.
Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay released 10,000 Hours in October 2019, four days after Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s wedding in South Carolina.
The song is the lead single from Dan + Shay’s album Good Things, released in 2021. 10,000 Hours won the 2021 Grammy Awards for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.
The pop star collaboration project with the country musician duo also won the 2020 American Music Awards and the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Meanwhile, The First Time Baby Is A Holiday was written by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti. The exact release date of the song is not known, but the material was registered with the US Copyright Office in 1980.
The lawsuit claims The First Time Baby Is A Holiday was released in 2014 by Sony Music unit The Orchard.
Until now, there has been no official comment or statement from Justin Bieber or Dan Smyers and Shah Mooney aka Dan + Shay.