Usher, Sony Win Atty Fees In Copyright Row Over 'Bad Girl'

By Vin Gurrieri (November 4, 2014, 2:15 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday awarded rhythm-and-blues artist Usher, publisher Sony Music Holdings Inc. and others about $1 million in attorneys' fees for a songwriter's "objectively unreasonable" copyright infringement suit over the singer's track "Bad Girl." 

U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond awarded the fees after granting most of the defendants summary judgment in May against claims brought by songwriter Dan V. Marino over the song from Usher's 2004 album "Confessions." The May ruling determined that Usher, Sony, IN2N Entertainment Group Inc. and various other defendants "did nothing wrong."

Although he granted the defendants' fee request, Judge Diamond stayed the...

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