Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 6, 2013

Justin Bieber faces copyright lawsuit in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. — A pair of Virginia songwriters is suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement.

Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim the song “Somebody to Love” contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the song they wrote in 2008 by the same name.

The duo filed a lawsuit in federal court in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday claiming that numerous producers conspired to copy their song. A message left with a law firm representing Bieber on Monday was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit says Copeland and Overton provided a copy of their song to musical promoters, who in turn provided it to representatives of Usher.   

The lawsuit says the song performed by Bieber peaked at number 15 in the U.S. Billboard charts in 2010 and was certified platinum.

 

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