Justin Bieber and Usher can finally heave a sigh of relief after winning over the $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit. It's been seven years since the two launched their single Somebody to Love. Finally, a judge has dismissed the case filed against them.
Back in 2013 songwriter Mareio Overton and R&B singer Devin "De Rico" Copeland the case against Bieber and Usher. They accused the two of copying the title, beat, and time signature of their original track. The lawsuit claims that Overton and Copeland gave a copy of the song that they recorded back in 2008 to Jonetta Patton who was Usher's mom and manager in 2009. This was a year prior to Bieber's recording the track based from an Usher demo.
The Judge's Decision
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen dismissed the lawsuit explaining that Overton and Copeland was unable to prove that Bieber and Usher had access to the original version of Somebody to Love song. Allen was also the judge who dismissed the copyright lawsuit for the same song back in 2014. Next year however, a federal appeals court revived the case. It ruled that a jury could find the two versions of the song 'intrinsically similar' as reported by Reuters. Overton and Copeland appealed that Allen should have let a jury, and not just the judge's own opinion, to determine of the two songs indeed sounded similar.
Allen ruled that Overton and Copeland's objections had no merit. In order to prevent another appeal, Allen dismissed the case without prejudice. This ensures that the lawsuit could never be brought up again per The Rolling Stone. A painful outcome for Overton and Copeland, and a joyous one for Bieber and Usher.
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