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Ed Sheeran accused of ripping off Aussie song

Ed Sheeran accused of ripping off Aussie song

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 writers claim that McGraw and Hill scored a hit with their current single "The Rest of Our Life " by "blatant copying" their 2014 song "When I Found You", featuring singer Jasmine Rae.

Carey and Golden are seeking $5 million in damages as well as profits, royalty costs and a repayment of all attorney's fees and costs.

"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 as published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Co-writers of the song Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac and Amy Wadge are also named in the lawsuit along with Sheeran.

There's also a relationship tie between Sony and "When I Found You" performer Jasmine Rae, according to the lawsuit. According to the document, Holland told the plaintiffs that he frequently works with Sony Music Nashville and communicates with their offices as part of his job. Even though Rae is not a plaintiff in the suit, she tried to get her boyfriend Tim Holland involved.

Continuing, "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 allege that Sony employees were fully aware of the infringement and may have even facilitated it.

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Carey and Golden also provide a second potential explanation for the supposed similarities: they state Sheeran was touring Australia at the peak of When I Found You's popularity and radio airplay.

She brought the issue up to Carey and Golden, who wrote "When I Found You", as well as her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who works as a marketing manager for Sony.

Australian singer Jasmine Rae released When I Found You under her name in 2015, and it was the most played song on Australian country radio, according to the complaint, filed in the US District Court in NY. "Taking such action would compromise both his position and that of the people he reports to, and this is not something I'm prepared to do".

"The Rest of Our Life" has 9.6 million YouTube views and over 8 million streams on Spotify.

Sony/ATV, which represents Sheeran, declined to comment on the lawsuit Wednesday evening.

McGraw, Hill and Sheeran are yet to respond to the suit.

Famed Nashville-based lawyer Richard Busch is defending the plaintiffs and has a serious track record.


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