Justin Bieber and Usher face a $10 million fine for issues having to do with copyright infringement. Apparently the duo stole snatches from a song by two Virginia musicos.
Justin Bieber and Usher are in hot water. They seem to have been a little careless in what influences they had allowed into the creative process when they composed the notes for a new song.
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Two songsters from Virginia claimed later on that the two had pilfered parts of their original song. A rhythm and blues singer named De Rico and his sidekick Mareio Overton have resuscitated a lawsuit against the famous pop singer and the Black American crooner.
Their claim is that parts of the song “Somebody to Love”, which was sung by both Bieber and Usher, bears an uncanny resemblance to their tune. Especially the drumbeat, the timing and chords struck during the song not to mention some of the lyrics were too close for comfort.
The judge who was a lady and had deliberated on the matter said that after examining some of the preliminary evidence she and the rest of her colleagues had found similarities that spoke volumes about blatant artistic plagiarism.
"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," Circuit Judge Pamela Harris wrote for the appeals court, according to Reuters.
The matter thus has to be looked into with care and close scrutiny. After all, it is a free man’s country and even the most down-to-earth dude who works 9 to 5 for a living has a right to sue the hell out of the richest and most powerful icon provided he has a genuine and authentic case against the lucky duck.
The Sony Group and the Vivendi Group were the main defendants in the case. As for the lawyers, they declined to offer their opinions on the matter.
The obvious fact is that both songs bear such a high degree of common notes and timbre that the case for copycat behavior is a strong one alright. Nowadays one has to be extra vigilant as a musician lest some tune that is swirling around in one’s head actually belongs to someone else no matter how much of an unknown musician that person might be.
“Somebody to Love” was at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 half a decade ago. The accusing party says that their song was penned and composed in 2008, that is two years prior to Bieber and Usher’s song.
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Thus they came first and their rights matter. The identical rhythms and point and counterpoint is there, that’s for sure. Thank God, Bieber and Usher are rich enough or they would have been left as paupers by the end of this trial.