Two Hampton Roads songwriters say their work has been infringed by pop stars Justin Bieber and Usher. Represented by Norfolk intellectual property lawyer Duncan Byers, the plaintiffs are asking for $10 million in a suit filed in Norfolk federal court.
Devin Copeland – who performs as “De Rico” – and Mareio Overton claim they composed a song called “Somebody to Love” that was “clearly copied” by the song of the same name performed by Bieber and Usher – a certified platinum hit (Billboard #15, 2010). Bieber and Usher give songwriting credit to the Stereotypes, three musicians who produced the song.
Copeland lives in Chesapeake and Overton lives in Portsmouth, according to the Associated Press.
For older readers, the composition in question resembles neither “Somebody to Love” by Queen (Billboard #13, 1976) nor “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane (Billboard #5, 1967).