Justin Bieber & Usher No Longer Facing $10 Million “Somebody To Love” Copyright Lawsuit
A judge has tossed out a copyright lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher over their 2010 song “Somebody To Love.” Devin Copeland, who performs as De Rico, and writing partner Mareio Overton sued the two stars and others for $10 million for copyright infringement back in 2013, but U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Thursday (January 5) dismissed the case.
Copeland and Oberton initially claimed they submitted “Somebody to Love” to Usher’s team in 2009, and that the version Bieber and Usher ultimately recorded copied the title and beat of that track. Judge Allen actually threw the case out once before, but an appeals court in 2015 ruled that there was enough similarity between the songs to at least warrant a jury trial. This time, Allen determined the plaintiffs failed to prove Bieber and Usher had access to the song beforehand and dismissed the case without prejudice, which basically means it can’t proceed any further, according to Rolling Stone.