7 of Your Favorite Pop Stars Who Were Accused of Copyright Infringement
Publishing rights and songwriting credits have become a hot-button issue in recent years, with more and more big-name musicians being accused of ripping off lyrics, melodies and even installations in music videos — a.k.a. copyright infringement.
It seems, with music sales plummeting and songwriting becoming more of a teamwork process, no one, whether it be Justin Bieber or Beyonce, is safe. Some of the lawsuits seem a bit skeptical — suggesting accusers are merely trying to fill their pockets with cash — while others may have you shocked musicians got away with it, and other times shocked when they are forced to settle. Here are seven of your favorite pop stars who were accused of copyright infringement:
Justin Bieber (& Usher)
In 2013, R&B singer Devin "De Rico" Copeland and songwriter Mareio Overton filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher over their song, "Somebody to Love," claiming the two had copied the title, time signature, and beat of De Rico & Mareio's version of the track. The lawsuit claimed the R&B singer and songwriter had recorded the song in 2008, having provided it to Usher's mother and former manager Jonetta Patton in 2009, a year prior to JB recording the track based off an Usher demo.
Four years later, a judge finally dismissed the $10 million suit.