You Won't Believe How Much Justin Bieber & Usher Are Being Sued For Over Copyright
The duo are in a bit of a sticky situation...
R&B singer De Rico and his songwriting partner Mareio Overton claim that three versions of Somebody To Love, whch was recorded by Biebs and Usher, shares the same beat pattern with their own song of the same name.
The news came to light on Thursday (June 18) after a US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, received a lawsuit from May 2013, saying a lower court judge shouldn't have dismissed it.
"After listening to the Copeland song and the Bieber and Usher songs as wholes, we conclude that their choruses are similar enough and also significant enough that a reasonable jury could find the songs intrinsically similar," judge Pamela Harris wrote for the appeals court.
Duncan Byers, who is a lawyer for the claimants, said that the panel have expressed that they "recognise what my clients have said all along: it's the same melody and the same chorus".
The plaintiffs allege that music scouts played their song for Usher, who then brought it to Bieb's attention.
Bieber's version of Somebody to Love peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010.