History repeats itself├óΓé¼┬ª and by “history,” we mean formulaic pop music!
On Thursday, Bieber and his mentor were reunited over a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit over their 2010 song Somebody to Love!
The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by artist Devin Copeland (who performs by the name De Rico) and songwriter Mareio Oberton, who claimed they wrote the track back in 2008. Allegedly, Usher heard Copeland’s music and showed interest in working with him, but then lifted the song with Bieber afterwards, resulting in a new track.
A district judge tossed out the case originally, ruling that:
“No reasonable jury could find that the Copeland song and the Bieber and Usher songs were substantially similar.”
But not all court officials agreed! A panel of judges in the appeals court found that the songs had an “almost identical rhythm” and a “strikingly similar melody,” ruling:
“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.”
The judges decided that the songs were so similar that the litigation “cannot be disposed as a matter of law and should instead be decided by a jury.”
Sounds like Biebs and Usher have to lawyer up! Do you think the songs are similar? Listen to both and compare (below)!