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'Somebody To Love' Lawsuit Against Usher And Justin Bieber Dismissed

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Singers Justin Bieber (L) and Usher attend the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singers Justin Bieber (L) and Usher attend the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled Friday that the song, "Somebody to Love," isn't intrinsically similar to a song by the same name that Bieber and Usher performed.

Devin Copeland and Maerio Overton filed the lawsuit in 2013 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The lawsuit claimed that the song performed by Bieber and Usher contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to their copyrighted song.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1fGOuis) reports that the judge listened to both songs at a hearing earlier this month.

Allen's ruling says a reasonable juror couldn't conclude that a member of the public would construe the songs' aesthetic appeal as being similar.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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