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Justin Bieber sued for copyright infringement

Tom Pakinkis
Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is being sued for copyright infringement over 2010 track Somebody To Love.

The lawsuit has been brought to Bieber by R&B singer Devin Copeland (aka De Rico) and songwriter Mareio Overton, who claim ownership of the track.

In a statement, Copeland and Overton said: “There is essentially a zero probability for the number of points of congruence between the two versions of Somebody To Love.”

The pair claim that the Bieber song has the same title, time signature and underlying beat pattern as their own as well as similar chords and lyrics, including the chorus.

Copeland and Overton say that music scouts presented Somebody To Love to Usher in 2009. Usher is said to have recorded the song as a demo for his Raymond v. Raymond album in 2010 before recording a remixed version with Bieber singing backing vocals.

There are 19 defendants listed in the lawsuit including Universal Music Group.

The lawsuit follows copryright controversy surrounding Will.i.am track Let's Go featuring Chris Brown. The record label that owns the master rights to the song Rebound - the track allegedly sampled by Will.i.am for Let's Go - made a public statement on the matter last week.

Via: BBC Newsbeat

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Tags: justin bieber, Copyright Infringement, lawsuit, Somebody To Love

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