By Amanda Wicks
The long court battle over Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s 2011 single “Remind Me” finally reached an end this Thursday (August 25).
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that there were “broader dissimilarities in context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony” between the two songs in question (via The Hollywood Reporter), and sided with Paisley, Underwood and the songwriters responsible for their hit.
Amy Bowen (who performs under the name Lizza Connor) initially filed a copyright infringement claim in 2013 concerning her song “Remind Me.” Bowen stated how she’d written that song during a 14-week songwriting workshop in 2008. She performed it before a panel of industry professionals, which included songwriters Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois. They would go on to co-write the 2011 single “Remind Me” with Paisley.
But beyond those circumstances, Bowen had to prove the songs were similar to some degree.
She claimed the appearance and repetition of two phrases, “remind me” and “baby, remind me,” in the chorus represented a copyright infringement. Judge Trauger ruled in 2013 that the $10 million lawsuit should go to trial because Bowen’s claims needed to be further explored in court. But after looking at how the phrases were used, she ruled for Paisley and others because Bowen was unable “to render the expressions of the hook phrases in the two works substantially similar.”