Justin Bieber & Usher Song Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived
In a unanimous ruling Thursday (June 18), 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.