Tim McGraw and Faith Hill song hit with copyright lawsuit

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill song hit with copyright lawsuit

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Ed Sheeran and others are involved in a lawsuit filed Wednesday (Jan. 10) in a NY federal court over the song "The Rest of Our Life".

Sean Carey, a former guitarist in the band Thirsty Merc, and keyboardist and songwriter Beau Golden say The Rest Of Our Life, a song by McGraw and Hill and co-written by Sheeran, is substantially similar to their track When I Found You.

The songwriters are seeking at least $5 million in damages plus profits, a running royalty and 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", the complaint states.

The lawsuit claims that Jasmine Rae, Golden and Carey were writing together in December when they listened to "The Rest of Our Life" after Rae mentioned a fan's tweet about the song.

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

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.

"He works directly with the Tim and Faith label team in Nashville", Rae wrote in an email to Carey and Golden, according to the lawsuit.

The lawyer also successfully won a trial for the family of Marvin Gaye in the Blurred Lines lawsuit. It is alleged that Rae's boyfriend, Tim Holland, a marketing manager at Sony Music Australia, admitted to being aware of the similarities before the McGraw/Hill duet was released.

The plaintiffs claim that Holland shared Rae's "When I Found You" with the defendants "in an effort to gain exposure for Ms. Rae and promote her work".

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".

It's comforting to know that no matter where you are, and no matter what's happening in your life, you're never too far away from news that Ed Sheeran is being sued for ripping off someone else's song.

A request for comment from Rae and Sony Music reps was not immediately responded to.

In 2016, Busch was involved in the $25 million ($20 million) lawsuit against Sheeran for his song Photograph.

An alternative theory of access is also provided in the complaint in that Sheeran was allegedly touring extensively in Australia when "When I Found You" was enjoying its biggest success on local airwaves.

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