The $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit was filed four years ago, and concerned their song ÂSomebody to LoveÂ- which was released seven years ago.
Â Back in 2013 Virginian based songwriter Mareio Overton and R&B singer Devin ÂDe RicoÂ Copeland filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the music artists, accusing them of copying the title, time signature and beat from Copeland and OvertonÂs version of the track.
Â In their lawsuits, cousins Copeland and Overton claimed that they provided the song, which they recorded in 2008, to both UsherÂs mother and former manager Jonetta Patton in 2009- one year prior to BieberÂs recording of his track, which was based off an Usher demo.
Â U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia has now adopted a federal magistrateÂs judge discovery and has subsequently ruled that Copeland and Overton were unable to prove before the court that Usher and Bieber had access to their 2008 song before creating their own work. Â Â
Â Judge Allen had initially dismissed the copyright lawsuit in 2014 however, the following year a federal appeals court revived the case after he rules that a jury could find both versions of the song Âintrinsically similarÂ. In their appeal Copeland and Overton argued that Judge Allen should have allowed a jury (as opposed to the judgeÂs personal opinion) to find whether the songs were similar. Judge Allen ruled that Copeland and OvertonÂs objections were without merit. The case has now been dismissed without prejudice- meaning that the lawsuit cannot be revived again.