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Aussie songwriters sue Ed Sheeran over 'blatantly copied' song

13 January 2018, 06:07 | Myron Mathis

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Two Australians assert that

A new lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court claims a recent single from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill that was co-written by Ed Sheeran is a "blatant note for note copy" of an earlier song.

Carey and Golden co-wrote "When I Found You" along with Rae in 2014, and the song was a success in Australia, according to the lawsuit, where it was the most-played song on the Australian Country chart in 2016.

They're seeking at least US$5 million in damages and for a permanent injunction blocking the use of the song.

And there's more. "The Tennessean" also reports that there is a personal connection between Sony and the performer of "When I Found You", a singer named Jasmine Rae.

Also listed in the legal documents are Ed's co-writing team - Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac and Amy Wadge.

"The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer", the plaintiffs, Sean Carey and Beau Golden, state in the complaint.

But it's not just McGraw and Hill who are in trouble with Carey and Golden.

Carey and Golden also claimed that Sony Music Entertainment, the company that released "The Rest Of Our Life", knew the copying had occurred but did nothing to prevent it and didn't alert the pair.

Rae initially told her collaborators that she would be open to sue the songwriters and publishers of "The Rest of Our Life" but not Sony or McGraw and Hill, according to the lawsuit. They decided immediately to file suit over the song, and Rae tried to get her boyfriend, Tim Holland, involved.

The duo are being represented by Richard Busch, the same attorney who helped Marvin Gaye's family win a copyright lawsuit against Robin Thicke over the song "Blurred Lines".

In the suit, Carey and Golden share their beliefs that Holland was not only aware of the copying, but "instrumental" in sharing "When I Found You" with the defendants.

"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", the complaint reads.

Holland is not named as a defendant in the suit, and Rae is not a plaintiff, though she and the plaintiffs are said to have enjoyed "excellent professional relationships and communication since the song's creation".

Below are videos of Jasmine Rae's "When I Found You" and Tim and Faith's "The Rest of Our Life". Sony Music declined comment.

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