The ruling comes 3 years later after songwriter (Lizza Connor) took legal action for similarities with her work.
The Hollywood Reporter goes more in depth of the situation stating:
Bowen (Connor) was given significant benefit of the doubt by making a reasonable case that the defendants had access to her own “Remind Me” song.
She performed it at bars and restaurants around Nashville, and in 2008 participated in a country music songwriting workshop in which Lovelace was a guest speaker offering critiques of her song.
With this in mind, it is also reported that Lovelace would go on to work with Paisley on the song.
This is of course under the influence of him having Connors version and eventually making the final cut.
However, Paisley argues that he never attended the workshops therefore could not have copied anything.
It turns out, the only parts of the song that share similar melody’s are “remind me” and “baby, remind me.”
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger decided that repeating such a short hook is not enough to hold copyright infringement.
She also explains in a statement that it is more dissimilar, by stating Paisley’s version has:
“broader dissimilarities in context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony”