Daily Journal masthead

US appeals court in Virginia reinstates songwriters' copyright lawsuit against Bieber, Usher


RICHMOND, Virginia — A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiiming Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a jury should decide whether the song "Somebody to Love" — performed by the two stars — is intrinsically similar to a song of the same name copyrighted by Devin Copeland and Maerio Overton.

A federal judge in Norfolk dismissed the complaint last year, saying the two versions differed significantly in tone and lyrical content. The appeals court, which listened to all versions of the song, acknowledged the differences but said the choruses are similar enough that a reasonable jury might find in favor of the songwriters.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.