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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill song hit with copyright lawsuit

12 January 2018

Two Australian songwriters sued Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for ripping off their tune.

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 suit seeks a permanent injunction to block the use of the song, $5 million in damages, as well as profits, royalties, and attorney fees.

"The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of important and original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer", claims the lawsuit.

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Carey and Golden claim in their lawsuit that the two songs are musically similar, while also containing similar lyrics and identical themes of love and marriage.

Sheeran, along with co-writers Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac (real name Steve McCutcheon) and Amy Wadge and their respective publishing firms were named.

"There are a plethora of additional ways in which the Defendant Writers could have heard When I Found You, not the least of which being the popularity of the Song on Spotify and YouTube", it says. In the complaint, the two allege that "The Rest of Our Life" is a copy of their song "When I Found You", which was released by Jasmine Rae on ABC Records and became a hit in Australia. 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.

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They also allege that Sony Music (who released "The Rest Of Our Life") were fully aware that the two songs were similar, owing to the fact that Rae's boyfriend, Tim Holland, was a Marketing Manager at the company at the time.

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.

"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 legal filing says. Sony, which represents McGraw and Hill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. We had a night out in NY, got back to his hotel to drink more, and he played "Atlantic City".

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill song hit with copyright lawsuit