Justin Bieber and Usher prevail in copyright suit

A judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled Friday that the song, “Somebody to Love,” isn’t intrinsically similar to a song by the same name that Bieber and Usher performed.

Devin Copeland and Maerio Overton filed the lawsuit in 2013 in a U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The lawsuit claimed that the song performed by Bieber and Usher contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to their copyrighted song.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the judge listened to both songs at a hearing earlier this month.

Allen’s ruling says a reasonable juror couldn’t conclude that a member of the public would construe the songs’ aesthetic appeal as being similar.

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