Justin Bieber, Usher Hit With $10M Copyright Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (May 2, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT) -- Justin Bieber, Usher and Universal Music Corp. were hit Thursday in Virginia federal court with a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed by two songwriters claiming they wrote one of Bieber's biggest hit singles.

Virginia residents Devin Copeland, publicly known as De Rico, and Mareio Overton alleged that they created “Somebody to Love” in 2008 and gave it to music industry scouts, who in turn passed it along to Usher. The R&B singer later presented “Somebody” to his protege, Bieber, whose 2010 recording of the song...
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Case Information

Case Title

Copeland et al v. Bieber et al

Case Number



Virginia Eastern

Nature of Suit



Arenda L. Wright Allen

Date Filed

May 2, 2013


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