Justin Bieber “Somebody To Love” Lawsuit Dismissed After Appeal
As Gossip Cop reported, the “Somebody To Love” remix with Usher came out in 2010 on Bieber’s album, My Worlds: The Collection. The song was a remake of the second single from Bieber’s My World 2.0 album. But in 2013, the collaborators were sued by R&B singer Devin Copeland and his songwriting partner Mareio Overton for copyright infringement.
The pair alleged Bieber and Usher had copied not just the name of their own track, but also the melody, time signatures and lyrics two years after it was originally played for Usher. In 2014, though, the $10 million suit was dismissed, with a Virginia judge ruling that the plaintiffs could not prove Bieber and Usher had stolen their music. But then, in 2015, the “Somebody To Love” copyright lawsuit was revived when the court of appeals overturned the decision.
With a vote of 3-0, the group of judges disagreed with the original ruling, and argued that the “choruses are similar enough and also significant enough that a reasonable jury could find the songs intrinsically similar.” But now Bieber and Usher have won again. The issue was sent back to the lower court, which has again decided that Copeland and Overton’s complaints don’t merit a successful suit.
According to TMZ, the judge ruled on Thursday that there are only “modest” similarities between the songs. The claims were dismissed with prejudice, preventing them from being filed again. Bieber, however, is still facing at least one other lawsuit of a similar nature. As Gossip Cop reported, Bieber was sued last year over a vocal riff on his hit song “Sorry.”