Va. copyright suit against Bieber, Usher dismissed

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, singer Justin Bieber leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. A Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday, Jan. 28 set a Feb. 14 arraignment date for the 19-year-old star on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, singer Justin Bieber leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. A Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday, Jan. 28 set a Feb. 14 arraignment date for the 19-year-old star on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher stole two Virginia songwriters’ song has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled 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 U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The lawsuit alleged that the song performed by Bieber and Usher contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to their copyrighted song.

Media outlets report that the judge listened to both songs at a hearing earlier this month. Click here to listen to the son.

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.

The ruling was issued Friday.

 

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