According to Copeland and Overton, “Somebody To Love” shares the same title, time signature and beat as their original, as well as similar lyrics and chord progression.
Bieber’s version is credited to himself, songwriter Heather Bright and production team Stereotypes.
The song was reportedly recorded as a demo for Usher’s 2010 LP Raymond v. Raymond before the Bieber-featured remix came to fruition.
“There is essentially a zero probability for the number of points of congruence between the two versions of ‘Somebody to Love,’” Copeland and Overton said in the lawsuit.
Justin Bieber and Usher have yet to comment on the matter.