Virginia judge dismisses copyright lawsuit against Justin Bieber, Usher
Justin Bieber, left, and Usher arrive at the premiere of the feature film ‘Justin Bieber's Believe’ at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Dec. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Invision/Dan Steinberg)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 5:36PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. -- A judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled Friday that the song, "Somebody to Love," isn't intrinsically similar to a song by the same name that Bieber and Usher performed.
Devin Copeland and Maerio Overton filed the lawsuit in 2013 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The lawsuit claimed that the song performed by Bieber and Usher contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to their copyrighted song.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the judge listened to both songs at a hearing earlier this month.
Allen's ruling says a reasonable juror couldn't conclude that a member of the public would construe the songs' esthetic appeal as being similar.