Another Lawsuit Claims Ed Sheeran Copied Someone's Music

Another Lawsuit Claims Ed Sheeran Copied Someone's Music

The 26-year-old is listed as a co-writer for the song The Rest Of Our Life by A-list country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The lawsuit, launched in the USA by ex-Thirsty Merc guitarist Sean Carey and keyboardist-producer Beau Golden, accuses McGraw and Hill's song "The Rest Of Our Life" (which was co-written by Sheeran) of ripping off Australian artist Jasmine Rae's song "When I Found You", which was co-written by Carey and Golden.

"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 filing alleges.

The lawsuit later states that when Holland was first asked about the similarities between the two songs, the Sony employee chose to remain silent on the matter to avoid any confrontation with his company.

Also named in the lawsuit are fellow songwriters Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge along with Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram and WB Music to name a few.

When I Found You was initially released in Australia by co-writer and recording artist Jasmine Rae.

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According to the lawsuit, Holland told the plaintiffs that he frequently works with Sony Music Nashville and communicates with their office as part of his job. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are now signed to Sony, and Holland admitted that he already knew about the songs' striking similarities. Rae is not a plaintiff in the suit, and Holland is not named as a defendant.

"Specifically, "When I Found You" and "The Rest Of Our Life" are substantially similar in bars 1-8 of both songs", the lawsuit says.

Busch writes that Rae wanted to involve in the process her boyfriend, Tim Holland, who was a marketing manager for Sony. "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". "Golden that the similarities between the two works were far more than coincidental".

Sean Carey and Beau Golden are the Australian songwriters who filed the lawsuit, claiming the Sheeran co-written tune "blatantly copied" their 2014 song When I Found You, that was performed by Jasmine Rae, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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

The plaintiffs are represented by, from the firm King and Ballow in Nashville. Busch previously took on Sheeran in a $20 million copyright lawsuit over the superstar's song Photograph - ending in a settlement which earned the two suing songwriters music credits and a significant royalty share.

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