Justin Bieber and Usher win $10mln lawsuit claiming they stole 'Somebody to Love'
Justin Bieber and Usher have reportedly won the 10million dollars lawsuit that claimed the two had stolen the 2010 song, 'Somebody to Love'.
The duo were accused by the Devin "the Dude" Copeland and Mareio Overton who alleged in a Virginia federal courtroom they had authored a similarly titled song in 2008 that shared some of the same essential elements including a hook, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
A judge said that although the immediate purchasers may be industry professionals, their purchasing decisions were based on the song's expected appeal to consumers, and any harm caused to plaintiffs by the accuse songs would be caused by the public construing plaintiffs' song as similar to the accused songs.
The judge added that having examined plaintiffs' song and the three accused songs, the Court found that the songs could be reasonably construed as being substantially similar although the accused songs have some elements in common with plaintiffs' song, their mood, tone, and subject matter differ significantly.
Bieber and Usher won the case with the aid of representation from Howard Weitzman and Jeremiah Reynolds at Kinsella Weitzman.
(Posted on 29-03-2014)