Virginia songwriters file lawsuit against Bieber, Usher claiming the stars stole “Somebody to Love”
Justin Bieber and Usher are facing a $10 million lawsuit for allegedly stealing hit song “Somebody to Love.” That’s according to a report from The Huffington Post.
Songwriters Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton filed a complaint in Virginia federal court Thursday, the report says, claiming that Bieber and Usher “clearly copied” the song from a track of the same name that originally appeared on Copeland’s 2008 album.
Read this entire article from The Huffington Post, HERE.
The songwriters’ lawyer, Duncan G Byers, issued the following statement:
“Mr. Copeland and Mr. Overton recognized their original work when they first heard Mr. Bieber’s recording of “Somebody To Love.” My clients hired experts who confirmed their suspicion after performing a thorough and time-consuming statistical analysis of their song against Mr. Bieber’s recording, the bodies of work of Mr. Bieber and the others claiming authorship of his recording, and contemporary songs on the pop charts. It is clear from the expert analysis, combined with the events leading up to Mr. Raymond and Mr. Bieber recording “Somebody To Love”, that their versions were copied from my clients song.”