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Copeland v. Bieber, 14-1427

In a copyright infringement claim against recording artists Justin Bieber and Usher Raymond IV, alleging that three recorded songs by defendants infringe upon plaintiff's copyright over his own, earlier songs of the same name, the district court's grant of defendant's motion to dismiss, on the ground that no reasonable jury could find plaintiff's song and defendants' sons sufficiently similar to give rise to liability for infringement, is vacated where a reasonable jury could find that the songs at issue are intrinsically similar.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/18/2015
  • Published 06/18/2015

Judges

  • Harris

Court

  • United States Fourth Circuit

Counsel