Justin Bieber and Usher are in hot water again, with a formerly-dismissed plagiarism lawsuit over their collaboration “Somebody to Love” has been revived.
A judge dismissed the case against Justin Beiber and Usher last year, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the Bieber song and the plaintiffs’ version have a ‘strikingly similar melody,” before ruling that the case could now move forward.
The $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 by R&B singer Devin Copeland, known as De Rico, and his songwriting partner Mareio Oberton. The duo claimed that Bieber’s 2008 song from his “My World 2.0” album sounded too similar to their own song of the same name.
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen dismissed the case last year. However, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia found that Bieber’s song and Copeland’s version shared “almost identical rhythm” and a “strikingly similar melody.”
With a 3-0 vote, the ruling read: “After listening to the Copeland song and the Bieber and Usher songs as wholes, we conclude that their choruses are similar enough and also significant enough that a reasonable jury could find the songs intrinsically similar.”
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