Demi Lovato sued for copyright infringement

Demi Lovato performing at BB&T Center on July 1, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida.
Demi Lovato performing at BB&T Center on July 1, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Singer and actress Demi Lovato has been accused of copyright infringement by American indie rock band Sleigh Bells.

Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of the Brooklyn-based band said in a lawsuit filed on Monday in California federal court that Stars, a bonus track on Lovato's 2015 hit album Confident, contains significant material taken from their 2010 song Infinity Guitars.

In documents filed in the United States District Court Central District of California, Sleigh Bells said the similarities between the two songs "transcend the realm of coincidence or shared generic material, and inform the very essence of the works".

In a tweet directed at the former Disney Channel star, now 24, dating back to November 2015, Sleigh Bells (@sleighbells) publicly addressed the issue.

"@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for Stars: but we were not contacted," wrote the American musical duo. "Gotta clear those."

At that time, Stars producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub said in a statement that it was not the case and that Lovato was not involved with the production of the song.

The band are seeking an injunction against further use of Lovato's track and an unspecified amount of damages.

Lovato's representatives did not return requests for comment.