Jury To Hear Copyright Suit Over Usher Song

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge refused Friday to toss a songwriter's copyright infringement claims filed against R&B artists Usher and Jermaine Dupri, record label Sony Music Entertainment, and others over Usher's platinum-selling 2004 song "Burn."

In denying the defendants' summary judgment motion, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder found that enough similarities existed between "Burn" and "The Reasons Why" — composed by songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter for R&B group Reel Tight and copyrighted in 1998 — to allow a jury to decide if any infringement took...
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