Monday, 24 September, 2018

Ed Sheeran accused of plagiarism by Aussie songwriters

Ed Sheeran hit with another Ed Sheeran-Penned Song for Tim McGraw Is Target of Copyright Lawsuit
Herman Weaver | 13 January, 2018, 06:07

The latest accusation of that kind relates to "The Rest Of Our Life", a song he co-wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

"When I Found You" was written in 2014 by Australian songwriters Carey, Golden, and Jasmine Rae (who is not a plaintiff), and the song was released in 2015.

He has also gone after Sheeran before, when the British pop star was accused of appropriation over his hit Photograph.

Carey and Golden claim in their lawsuit that the two songs are musically, lyrically and thematically similar.

"The Rest of Our Life" songwriters Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac are also named in the suit, as well as Sony / ATV, Universal Polygram, WB Music and more. The song was released by Arista Nashville, a division of Sony Music, which was also named in the lawsuit.

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The plaintiffs didn't stop their allegations there-according to the claim, "it very well may have been an agent of Sony Music Entertainment who provided the other defendants" with access to their song. Carey and Golden have record deals with major labels and music direction positions with Netflix, according to the complaint. "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". An alternative theory suggests that Sheeran was exposed to the song during his Australian tour, which happened to be the time that "When I Found You" was garnering its most airplay on Australian radio.

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.

"Indeed, it strains credibility to believe that it is just a coincidence that the Infringing Song/Infringing Sound Recording, a blatant note-for-note copy of the song, was created without Mr. Holland's providing access, when Mr. Holland is the boyfriend of one of the writers of the song".

The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to award a permanent injunction blocking the use of the song, and at least $5 million in monetary damages. The suit alleges he took the song to the record company, in an effort to promote Rae's career.

The complaint says that based on downloads, Spotify and YouTube streams, TV broadcasts and live performances, Sheeran and his co-writers have profited in excess of $US5 million from The Rest of Our Life. Sony, which represents McGraw and Hill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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