Celebrity News

Judge Dismisses Justin Bieber “Somebody to Love” Copyright Lawsuit
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Justin-bieber new

Summary: A judge has dismissed without prejudice a copyright lawsuit against Justin Bieber.

Four years ago, Justin Bieber and his mentor Usher were sued over the pair’s hit “Somebody to Love.” On Thursday, a judge dismissed the $10 million copyright case without prejudice so that the plaintiffs could not file an appeal.

  
What
Where


In 2013, Devin “De Rico”Copeland, a lesser known R&B singer, and Mareio Overton, a songwriter, sued Bieber and Usher. They stated that “Somebody to Love” was a copy of their song of the same title, and this infringement included the song’s title, signature, and beat. They said that their 2008 “Somebody to Love” was given to Usher’s mother Jonetta Patton in 2009, which was a year before Bieber recorded his version that was based on an Usher demo. Unfortunately for Copeland and Overton, the judge dismissed their case, stating that they failed to prove that Bieber and Usher had access to the plaintiff’s work.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen had previously dismissed this copyright case in 2014, but the case was revived later that year, after an appeals judge stated that a jury could find versions of the song to be “intrinsically similar.” In the appeal, Copeland and Overton said that they should have been given a jury trial, not have their case ruled only by Judge Allen, who on Thursday said again that the case had no merit.

This is not the first time Bieber has found himself a defendant. Earlier in 2016, singer White Hinterland sued him and DJ Skrillex for allegedly stealing parts of her song “Ring the Bell” for Bieber’s hit, “Sorry.” He is also involved in a pending civil lawsuit with his former neighbor, who alleged Bieber emotionally traumatized him when he egged his house and spit on him.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Photo courtesy of My Republic

Do you think that Judge Allen should have dismissed this case? Let us know in the comments below. 





 

RELEVANT JOBS

Associate Attorney

USA-OR-Hillsboro

Growing plaintiff\'s side law firm in Hillsboro looking to add an attorney for a full-time position....

Apply now

Experienced Litigation Paralegal

USA-NY-Albany

Salary $41,572 - $61,577 a year Job Type Full-time Number of hires for this role 1 ...

Apply now

Legal Secretary

USA-FL-Daytona Beach

Legal Secretary for one attorney long established criminal defense law firm in Daytona Beach, Florid...

Apply now

Family Law Associate

USA-MD-Bethesda

Job Type Full-time Number of hires for this role 1 Qualifications Maryl...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

BCG Attorney Search In-House Counsel

USA-CA-Los Angeles

BCG Attorney Search In-House Counsel We are a Legal Employment Company located in California with o...

Apply Now

FDA Regulatory Attorney

USA-MA-Boston

Boston office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks FDA regulatory attorney with 3-4 ye...

Apply Now

Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Temecula

Temecula office of our client seeks associate attorney with preferably 2 years of experience working...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top