Usher is facing a legal battle with a group of songwriters who allege the R&B star copied their music for his hit 2004 track Caught Up.
Zacharia L. Edwards, Mitch Moses and Vince MCLean filed a lawsuit on Friday (07Sep12) at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, accusing Usher and bosses at his Arista Records label bosses of copyright infringement.
The trio claims Usher's song is very similar to their own track, which they allegedly played to Michael Barackman, senior director of A&R at Arista Records, in 2002, according to Allhiphop.com.
The lawsuit states, "An ordinary lay observer could listen to the two musical compositions at issue, and given the theme, melody, hook, lyrics and chorus, reasonably find that the two songs are substantially similar and that and a friend and infringement has occurred."
The trio is seeking an undetermined amount of damages.