Angela Shella

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Is stealing a Song worth $10 million?

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This just out.  Usher and Justin Bieber may have to fork over  $10 million. This fee as a penalty for allegedly stealing a song. We do not know how the case is going to play out. These accusations are common in the music industry and can cost the parties hefty fees. Many times the "little guy" has little support and can not afford to defend their song.  Bieber and Usher have been summoned to attend a trial over the song, "Somebody to Love." According to the Reuters, another singer named De Rico is claiming that he wrote the song with his music partner. He claims that he played his version of the song  for Usher who later took it  to Bieber and from there they, allegedly, proceeded to steal the song. They allegedly began to treat it as if it were theirs. We know that record labels  and successful parties may sometimes get frivolous law suits, so we can not always be quick to judge the truth without all the facts. If De Rico and his songwriting partner are truly the authors of the song "Somebody to Love", it could be a huge pay day for them if the courts deem Bieber and Usher liable.  Here is what the  original song sounds like: their version . 

Here is what the Judge had to say, according to Reuters, "After listening to the (De Rico) song and the Bieber and Usher songs, we conclude that their choruses are similar enough and also significant enough that a reasonable jury could find the songs intrinsically similar," wrote Judge Pamela Harris.  The judge declared that the lyric "somebody to love" has an "almost identical rhythm and a strikingly similar melody."

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