May 8, 2013 17:07

Justin Bieber and Usher sued for copyright infringement

Two songwriters claim the track 'Somebody To Love' copies their own work

Justin Bieber and Usher sued for copyright infringement

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Justin Bieber and Usher are being sued for at least £6.4 million in a copyright infringement case.

Two Virginia-based songwriters, Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton, claim the song 'Somebody To Love' contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to a song of the same name that they wrote in 2008. The pair filed a lawsuit in federal court last Thursday (May 2), with the claim that numerous songwriters and producers conspired to copy their song.

According to the lawsuit, Copeland and Overton's song found its way into the hands of representatives of Usher who then passed it on to the singer's mother, then serving as his manager. It also contends that she then had a telephone conversation with Copeland in 2009.

The complaint goes on to state videos of Usher performing a demo of 'Somebody To Love' on YouTube date back to as early as 2010. The song was later given to Bieber to record for his album 'My World 2.0', with Usher providing backing vocals on the track. 'Somebody To Love' reached number 33 in the UK Official Singles Chart in 2010.

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