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Justin Bieber, Usher targeted in copyright infringement lawsuit

Published on May 7, 2013 6:27 AM
 
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 19-years-old, performs in front of a crowd of 15,000 fans at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, on May 4, 2013. One of Justin Bieber's hit songs is the target of a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit that also accuses Bieber's mentor, R&B singer Usher, of funneling the song to the teen pop star. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - One of Justin Bieber's hit songs is the target of a US$10 million (S$12.3 million) copyright infringement lawsuit that also accuses Bieber's mentor, R&B singer Usher, of funneling the song to the teen pop star.

R&B singer Devin Copeland, known professionally as De Rico, and songwriter Mareio Overton filed a lawsuit last week in US.

District Court in Virginia alleging that they came up with the song Somebody To Love. Bieber, who is managed by one of Usher's business ventures, released Somebody To Love in 2010 with Usher also singing on the recording. The song peaked at No. 15 on the US Billboard chart.

Copeland and Overton allege that Somebody To Love has the same title, time signature, underlying beat pattern as well as similar chords and share similar lyrics, including the chorus "I ... need somebody to love."

 
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