Yet another rite of passage for Justin Bieber: He and several collaborators have been sued by a pair of Virginia men who claim that one of the pop star’s hits rips off a song they wrote.
In a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Norfolk, Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton allege that they wrote and recorded a song called “Somebody to Love” in 2008 and later played it for some talent scouts who they claim played it for R&B superstar Usher — and that a similar tune by the same name, performed by Usher and Bieber, ended up on a Bieber CD in 2010. They’re seeking at least $10 million.
A lawyer for Bieber said he had read the complaint but did not comment. Unclear if this is the first time a Biebs songs has been the subject of a copyright suit, which are common in the music biz — some generating big payouts for plaintiffs, others quickly dismissed. (We’re not counting the time Bieber was sued last year by the makers of a video-game app called “Joustin’ Beaver,” who went on the offensive after the star’s lawyers raised legal concerns. That case was dismissed.)