Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have all been hauled into court for a copyright lawsuit for "The Rest Of Our Life."
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
The complaint was filed on Wednesday in New York federal court by Sean Carey and Beau Golden, two Australians who say the McGraw/Hill track is "blatant copying" of their own 2014 song, "When I Found You."
"The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer," states the complaint.
In this case, it's alleged that the copying was fully known by employees of Sony Music.
"It very well may have been an agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants herein with access to the Song," states the complaint, which is posted in full below.
According to the lawsuit, Carey and Golden have record deals with major labels and music direction positions with Netflix. "When I Found You" was released on ABC Records by co-writer and recording artist Jasmine Rae and was a hit in Australia.
Rae and Golden were in Carey's studio to write music last month, continues the complaint, when Rae allegedly mentioned a fan tweet about the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill song. The three listened and soon investigated taking legal action.
Busch writes that Rae wanted to involve in the process her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who was a marketing manager for Sony. They all allegedly got on a conference call and later met in person.
"During this conversation, Mr. Holland admitted to knowing about the Infringing Song months in advance of its release because he was tasked with promoting and marketing the Infringing Song and Infringing Sound Recording before its release," states the complaint. "When questioned by Plaintiffs as to his silence about the similarities between 'When I Found You' and the Infringing Song/Infringing Sound Recording, Mr. Holland stated he did not want to lose his job with Sony Music. ... When pressed further by Plaintiffs, Mr. Holland indicated that he had known that the songs were substantially similar for more than two months prior to the October 5, 2017 release date of the Infringing Song/Infringing Sound Recording."
Carey and Golden are seeking injunctive relief and at least $5 million in actual damages plus profits, a running royalty and an award of attorney's fees and costs.
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