Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Ed Sheeran accused of ripping off Aussie song

Ed Sheeran accused of ripping off Aussie song

Australian songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed a complaint with the NY federal court on Wednesday, accusing the McGraw/Hill song of "blatant copying" their 2014 song "When I Found You".

According to the lawsuit, Rae and Golden were writing with Carey in December when, after Rae mentioned a fan's tweet about McGraw and Hill's song, they listened to "The Rest of Our Life" and made a decision to file their suit.

"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. The song's other co-writers are Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac. "When I Found You" was released on ABC Records by co-writer and recording artist Jasmine Rae and was a hit in Australia.

Carey and Golden also provide a second potential explanation for the supposed similarities: they state Sheeran was touring Australia at the peak of When I Found You's popularity and radio airplay.

They allege he may have even provided access to the original song to Sony Music in an attempt to "gain exposure for Ms Rae and promote her work".

The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to award a permanent injunction blocking the use of the song, and are seeking at least $5 million in monetary damages, according to the newspaper.

The legal filing states that although Rae originally planned to take part in the suit, she pulled out after expressing concerns for Holland's continued employment within Sony.

"When questioned by plaintiffs as to his silence about the similarities between "When I Found You" and the infringing song/infringing sound recording, Mr. Holland stated he did not want to lose his job with Sony Music", the suit claims.

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.

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. Their record label, Arista Nashville, a division of Sony Music, was also named in the suit. Both songs are said to explore themes of marriage, the passage of time, aging and the way that the romantic relationship protects the speaker against vulnerability.

Richard Busch, who successfully won a trial for the family of Marvin Gaye in the "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, is representing the plaintiff.

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