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Justin Bieber & Usher Getting Sued Big For Swiping 'Somebody To Love'

By HHL Editors

Devin Copeland and his songwriting partner Mareio Overton believe the 2010 Justin Bieber and Usher collaboration 'Somebody To Love' rips off their 2008 song 'Somebody To Love', which Copeland recorded under his stage name De Rico.

They began their legal process against Usher, Bieber and their respective publishers a few years ago, only to see it get thrown out of court in 2013.

They appealed that decision, and earlier this week the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned the lower court's ruling and allowed the pair to sue.

"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," Circuit Judge Pamela Harris wrote.
Copeland and Overton allege talent scouts played their song for Usher, who liked what he heard and then brought it to Bieber. They are seeking $10 million.

You can listen to both songs below. Do you think there are any similarities beyond the title?

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